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Mirror(ed) Yards: Returning Extracted Grounds

The elevator replicates the ground on which it sits and positions them high in the air. But when the very ground on which it sits is built through the exclusion and exploitation of the “other,” the elevator replicates these practices of exclusion and exploitation as such. The towers of Hudson Yards are built with such elevators, sitting high atop the accumulated pile of capital extracted from the residents of the city by the partnership of the developers and the government. This wrongdoing of the developers and the government to the residents of the city, thus, shall be repatriated through the inverse of this logic—a kind of a de-elevator, which, instead of replicating the ground and elevating them above, condenses the individualized floors and brings them back to the public ground; instead of hiding behind, confronting in front the mirrored enclosure of the façade. And so the de-elevator returns the extracted ground back to the residents in the form of public housing and public amenities, marking the point in time in which the process of exploitation and exclusion in Hudson Yards is inverted, where the Post-Plantation Hudson Yards begins.
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