By: William Larsen – December 12th 2016 – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – “The Future Of NYC Architecture” –
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In 2030, the Empire State Building will turn 100 years old. Since it’s inception in 1930, the building has become a landmark of American exceptionalism, grazing New York’s sky line with it’s art deco facade.
The building is a testament to America, in fact, in many ways the Empire State Building, “is America.”
Home to 21k American employee’s, roughly 450 million pounds of weight on it’s 86 year old frame…… In many ways symbolizing the 350 million American’s, who’s daily commerce is “often” legislated within those very confines of New York, New York.
Yet, this leads me to wonder, what is the future of NYC architecture and beyond that, global architecture abroad? Will these behemoths of the past, like Empire State, stand for 500 years? 200 years?
Estimates say, Empire State could stand as long as 500 years if properly maintained, however, in an unnatural concrete world, the intimidating facade of NY seem’s as though it may one day be forced to “evolve” as technology around it does the same……
This creates cultural rifts in society; in many ways this type of architecture comes to personify cities like NYC.
But what is the future of these buildings? How long will they last? Will we be building taller and taller skyscrapers forever?
Recently in the Middle East, the Burj Khalifa was built 2,500 feet into the air, so high, workers could see the curvature of our globe with clear definition. What is the purpose of such heights? What is the symbolism? Would you climb 2,500 feet into the air for your boss? And is it even humane to do so?
At some point, the argument can be turned into an argument about labor laws, and checks and balances, when it comes to construction. I have perceived it to be this way and recently considered calling upon our government to levy a 1,000 foot maximum for future skyscrapers, as beyond this height seems inhumane to me, from a labor stand point……
And they know it too.
Look at the Burj Khalifa…. What is this building saying?
It overlooks a dampened economy, mocking the US, with an honest reality about economics…… And it’s also a religious symbol I believe, of people using role models to attain greater heights in morality and sciences…. that’s how I view the Burj Khalifa…..
But it begs the question, when is enough, going to be enough? This style of politics feels morbid at times, and such heights feel to me, as somewhat grossly inhumane.
Look at the new Park Avenue building in downtown NYC, 4-3-2… Park Ave-nue…..
Clearly these building’s mark NYC’s growth, strength, and future direction, however in cities like Detroit……. overbuilding, building too tall, or too big, has lead to cultural deterioration.
So when will it end?
How do we fix it?
Well this is what Civilians News proposes………
The old style of architecture, cannot last…. simple as that. We cannot pour enough concrete into NY, to maintain the “Gotham-esque appearance” of the old city. Building taller and taller, financing new construction projects every 50 years feels rashly insensible, both economically and from a labor standpoint…. It simply won’t work forever….. There is already too much concrete in the city and at some point…. the city must change….. BUT where better, to ignite global architectural change, than NYC.
So this is what I propose, before half of NY’s penthouse suites start leaning over……..
How do you support, old struts?
What is the future of architecture, that can last? What is the future of computing? What happens when people and computers, spend long periods of time together?
How do you “enhance” the structure, of a 200 year old, 1300 foot, symbol of American dexterity?
I propose this; call it ideal, call it naive…. Call it Da Vinci……
Towers, surrounding the building, open to the light, like cable towers….. With tree’s growing on top of them, so the root systems flow all the way to the ground, from 1200 feet high…. Yes, tree towers….. 1200 feet high, with roots, going all the way down…. And I suggest, we use these towers, to help enhance the structure of skyscrapers, like Empire State, to preserve the building well into the next millenium, and beyond.
-William Larsen, Civilians News