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Eat Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights has become a clear example of an Anthropocene landscape, where the city has wiped out all existing green spaces and now is relying on external landscapes to survive. This project emerges as a response to “how it is possible to bring back a new conscious ecosystem where everything is already built?”

As there’s no space left, the project looks into the “liminal”, the forgotten areas, as a starting point for the creation of new structures capable of sustaining a new trans-species agricultural practice. These structures evoke a sense of communal agency where their configuration relies on small components that, as they come together, are capable of resisting heavy loads, acting as exoskeletons.

The structure is based on interlocked mass timber components that are able to reconfigure, reinforce and expand over time. The system is interlinked by tensile cables, providing structural independence, therefore not relying on or interfering with the existing urban landscape.

Furthermore, the project applies concepts of pixel farming and flexible fabrics which allow new species (fungi, pollinators, insects, and animals) to become part of this new ecosystem where humans act as part of it instead of above it. Transforming urban systems into small-scale, self-sustaining ecological communities.