By: William Larsen – December 12th 2016 – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – “The Future Of NYC Architecture” –
In 2030, the Empire State Building will turn 100 years old. In many ways since it was built, the Empire State Building has become a landmark of American exceptional-ism, grazing New York’s sky-line with a gothic facade.
The building itself is a testament to engineering, in many ways a symbol of America itself.
Home to 21k American employees, roughly 450 million pounds of body-weight stand on its 80 year old frame everyday…… In many ways this weight symbolizes the 350 million Americans whose daily commerce is often legislated, within these confines of New York, New York.
Yet, this leads me to wonder, what is the future of NYC architecture and architecture abroad? Will towering skyscrapers of the past, like Empire State Building, stand for 500 years? 200 years? Or even 1,000 years into the future?
Estimates say, Empire State could stand as long as 500 years if properly maintained, however, in an unnatural concrete world the intimidating facade of NYC may one day be forced to “evolve,” as technology around it does the same……
This creates cultural shifts in society, in many ways personifying cities like New York.
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 that workers could see the curvature of Earth 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? Is it humane to ask someone to do so?
At some point, people must question modern labor laws, when it comes to this type of 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 in America today.
Look at the Burj Khalifa…. What is this building saying?
It overlooks a dampened economy, seemingly mocking the US with an honest reality of free market economics…… I also believe this structure serves as a religious symbol, of people using role models to build greater “heights,” both morally and in science…. That’s how I view the Burj Khalifa…..
But it begs the question, what is too high? 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 buildings 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…. We cannot pour enough concrete into NYC, to maintain the “Gotham-esque appearance” of the old city forever. Building taller and taller, financing new construction projects every 10-15 years, feels rashly insensible, both economically and from a labor perspective…. 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 what I propose, before half of NYC’s penthouse suites start to lean over…….. is to build new styles of reinforcement struts….
How do you support old struts?
What is the future of architecture in general?
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….. I propose these towers be built, with tree’s growing on top of them, so that the roots flow all the way to the ground. Yes tree towers….. 1200 feet high, with roots growing all the way to the ground…. And I suggest we use these towers to enhance the structure of skyscrapers, like Empire State, to preserve these buildings well into the next millennium…..
-William Larsen, Civilians News