Instant City: Living Air-Right

Beomki Lee, Assoc. AIA; Chang Kyu Lee, Assoc. AIA

Instant City explores the issues of affordable housing in New York City under a new light.

Project description:

Lack of home ownership in New York City has been skyrocketing - more than 75% of residents rent rather than own. In response to this change, Instant City is proposing a new, affordable housing design combined with public programs in order to not only provide sufficient living spaces, but also foster community-based activities by reconsidering the air-rights of the city. Instant City celebrates multi-dimensional interaction between inhabitants and city structure while maintaining inhabitant's daily activities within the condition of new urban life.

Collection of Air-Rights brings opportunities to maximize capacity to contain affordable housing units within the limited spaces, but it also gives another level of community composition which is flexible and open to the existing city plots. This project seeks to utilize abandoned air-right spaces as new possibilities for affordable housing. Since each building categorized by zones has very different restrictions in terms of floor area ratio, Instant City respects diverse contexts of the existing neighborhood in Manhattan.

The project also offers a new type of community platform called "Living Surface". By differentiating sizes and materials of the platform, the surfaces serve many community-based functions to encourage the interaction between residents and to let people share their cultures.

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