Highline Unleashed

Desi Petkova, M.Arch '21


ARCH 793B: Architecture Directed Design Research

Gallery: Critical Drawings, No Pens

Instructor: Lisa Little

The future is an infrastructural utopia for disenfranchised city dwellers that want public programs in their cities. City planning in the New York Metropolitan Area has failed regular people by choosing to work with developers and protect and promote unconstrained development. Long-time residents of Jersey City are fed up. In an age where private sectors and crowd sourced information are taking over, Jersey City residents have created a new park typology to take city development in their own hands. The park is a living piece of city infrastructure that has a memory and a conscious and that responds to the threat of new development. The park circumvents the inefficiencies and bureaucracy of city government and city planning and lets disenfranchised city residents decide the future of public space within their immediate urban fabric.


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