RETHINKING CITY INFRASTRUCTURE
Infrastructure is the system of structures needed for society to operate, including systems of transportation, water and energy. Infrastructure is inherently networked, connected for distribution. But our current forms of infrastructure are generally relics from 20th century industrial production, made from the "hard" materials of concrete, steel, asphalt. Efficiency is high, but the unintended negative consequences of this efficiency are significant.
Our work asks: How and where might we integrate the ecological materials of landscape to satisfy infrastructural demands? Can the "soft" materials of landscape serve to augment the structure and functioning of infrastructural systems in a way that ameliorates the negative consequences while improving the function and enhancing experience for the user?