What if the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York was transformed into a floating neighborhood of sorts?
It is exactly what the architect Daniel Gillen is proposed with his work presented at the Van Alen Institute in the framework of a very interesting competition that intends to rethink the Brooklyn Bridge. With a shape inspired by the natural features of the coastal stretches on either side of Hudson Bay, this “brooklyn bluff” concept is truly futuristic. The intention is to improve public green spaces and above all to promote a new perspective on adaptive reuse projects with a real living infrastructure.
Developed to provide continuous flexibility in its use, the program for this "living infrastructure" contains housing, hotel, cultural, commercial and public functions. saving the structure with a habitable program, daniel gillen proposes to establish a symbiotic relationship between income revenue and bridge maintenance, ensuring longevity in functionality for the future.
To respect the original design, the proposed architectural addition creates a clear and legible distinction between contemporary and historical. The strength and usefulness of the Brooklyn Bridge are balanced by a progressive approach to architecture that takes into account a multitude of factors. Social conditions, longevity and safety. A large public park, for example, balances the private economic incentives for the site. Daniel Gillen, the designer, notes: "The issue of sustainability cannot be limited to environmental and social considerations only, but must aim to recalibrate private profits towards the financial sustainability of public systems".
Through this proposal, the public is encouraged to recognize that the future is literally and figuratively "supported" by the past and the symbiotic relationship between the two. As bold and ambitious as the original bridge, the "Brooklyn Bluff" takes advantage of the original structure by embracing it and intertwining with it. One part is rooted in history, the other is reaching the future, establishing a typology of contemporary living infrastructure.
Humanity clearly needs more from our cities and public spaces. a fair system that favors the needs of many over a few. architecture has a responsibility to facilitate this action.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.