626 Flatbush Ave: An Adaptive Vertical Community
ROBIN DRIPPS + GHAZAL ABBASY-ASBAGH
PARTNER: MAX CUTTLER
1. Any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal shape, behavior, or character.
The concept of “deviating from the normal shape, behavior, or character”, suggests the existence of a normal condition. The premise of this studio was to re-consider this normal condition in housing and explore various hybrid conditions that would result in an abnormality. Building on the premise that the “normal” -- current modes of housing and urbanism -- are no longer sustainable ecologically or socially, it involved an investigation in hybridity -- cultural, phenomenal, economical, ecological, programmatic, spatial, formal, and others -- as vehicle for new urbanism. This followed by applying this investigation and prototype to Social Housing. The question was how can you break the rules of regularity that exist today in this typology. This reconfiguration was a search for possibilities and iterations.
The resulting building is a focus on a series of networks and patterns that already exist within cities. Cities are places of transaction where information, goods, cultural production, etc. all form an active network of negotiation. This series of networks is something that this project is meant to not only preserve, but promote, within a sustainable vertical community.