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Evolutionary Infrastructure: An Unfinished Utopia

Friday, September 23, 2011, 3–5 pm


Aerial view of the George Washington Bridge

Join Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss and their Harvard University Graduate School of Design studio for a workshop on the topic of “evolutionary infrastructure.” Larger than life but part of it, infrastructure has an immediate presence; it shapes our environment and urban life in vital, authentic, and often messy ways. With the ultimate goal of discovering the renewed potential of the utopian megaform in the context of today’s evolving metropolis, the group will lead a presentation on the challenges and potential of inhabitable infrastructure in urban territories, followed by a workshop.

An analysis of selected inhabitable infrastructure proposals conceived between 1925 and 1969 and selected realized precedents constructed between 1915 and 2010 will serve as the touchstone for a larger study analyzing the physical and philosophical extension of the High Bridge Towers/Nervi Bus Station—a constructed utopia superimposed over the Cross Manhattan Expressway.

Digital collage: by Weiss/Manfredi 

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