Metabolic Infrastructure

 

‘Flat Studio’ / University of British Columbia / 2013

Shortlist, Fentress Global Challenge 2013: Upcycling Infrastructure / 2014
In collaboration with Justin Neenan

 

 

Situated in the contested post-industrial waterfront area of Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek, Metabolic Infrastructure is centred on the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts—two vehicular-pedestrian overpasses likely to be demolished in the near future. City planners consider the viaducts as physical and psychological barriers between neighbourhoods, expensive to maintain and obstructing development.

 

The project presents an alternative to this view, upcycling the structures as the base for a new set of infrastructures integrated into the physical, ecological and social fabric of the city. The resulting space incorporates a constructed wetland managing water runoff, an aquaponic agricultural installation, tidal energy generation, elevated park space and a wetland spa. Both grounded in the site’s history and physical conditions, and engaged in future speculation, the system proposed in Metabolic Infrastructure is purposefully representated as simultaneously tangible and blurred.

 

 

 

 

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