Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism

ISBN-10: 1568989857
ISBN-13: 9781568989853
Edition: 2010
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Description: Participants in the Pamphlet Architecture 30 competition were asked to respond to the theme "Investigations in Infrastructure," and propose new directions for architecture, transportation, energy, cities, and agriculture at a continental scale. The  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 12/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Participants in the Pamphlet Architecture 30 competition were asked to respond to the theme "Investigations in Infrastructure," and propose new directions for architecture, transportation, energy, cities, and agriculture at a continental scale. The winning entry, Coupling, imagined six daring projects: a high-speed rail system across the Bering Strait that also collects freshwater from the seasonal iceshelf; a decommissioned airport transformed into a geothermal data farm and agriculture site; thickening on/off ramps around "big box" stores into circular parking lots; a call to include landfills in the list of preserved open spaces; and a saline terminal lake turned into a water farm, recreational retreat, and habitat haven. Coupling argues that infrastructures behave as artificially maintained natural systems. Rather than a New Deal approach of massive engineering or iconic infrastructure, Coupling employs adaptable, responsive, small-scale interventions whose impacts are global in scale.

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