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Hp schuylerdaniel sp22 01 project outline

The Harlem Sky: Viewsheds and Energy Open-Scapes

This proposal seeks to reconcile the relationship between preservation, energy, development, and economic justice through the implementation of a “Low-Rise Solar District.” The solar district has three goals: distribution of economic agency, improving access to renewable energy, and historic preservation both on the ground and in the sky. This proposal utilizes Transferable Development Rights (TDR) as a mechanism to offer economic agency to individual building owners in the preservation of Harlem’s existing low-rise building stock. In essence, a TDR allows for the sale of a building’s existing air rights to be allocated elsewhere. As building owners choose to sell their air rights to developers outside of a designated “Low-Rise Solar District,” a percent of the sale would go into a fund accessible to other owners within the low-rise district for the purchase and energy retrofit of solar panels for their buildings. Thus, the solar district acts in simultaneous support of the preservation of Harlem’s historic assets, such as the open sky and characteristically shorter building stock, while harnessing the unobstructed sunlight reaching the tops of buildings.