STRATEGIES FOR INFRASTRUCTURAL OPPORTUNISM
Pamphlet Architecture No.30
AUTHORSINFRANET LAB/ LATERAL OFFICE
Andria Ya-Yu Fong
"Coupling" is published by Princeton Architectural Press
The twentieth century was witness to both an infrastructure boom and bust. It is the twenty-first century that will need to determine not only how to address crumbling and ineffective infrastructure, but also how to position new infrastructures that confront urgent issues of climate change, sustenance inequality, and environment degradation. The opportunity for projecting a future infrastructure lies in bundling multiple processes with spatial experiences. The work in this book aims to declare infrastructures as open systems, adaptive and responsive to environments and occupation.
Coupling employs interventions that also operate extrinsically, sometimes at a territorial scale. Easily replaced or upgraded, these infrastructures double as landscape life support, creating new sites for production and recreation. The ambition is to supplement ecologies at risk rather than overhaul them. The following six design/research projects merge landscape, urbanism, and architecture into a mutant assemblage of surfaces, containers, and conduits. Existing landscapes meld with emergent systems to catalyze a multivalent network for a new public realm. Seeking opportunistic associations between economy, ecology, politics, and information, coupling is not simply a combinatory exercise so much as a typological investigation into new spatial formats for the twenty-first century.