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Plan Drawing by Alice Fang

Plan Drawing

The intervention explores elevator issues in affordable housing in Inwood and Washington Heights. The elevator core is essential to the structure of a building, as well as to the organization and interaction of people, which consequently dictates the occupant’s everyday life. Adding a core to the skin of the building solves the issue of vertical circulation. It also displaces the “body and soul” of the community, creates habitable spaces, and provides privileged views of the city. Ultimately, this abstract machine can “parasite” on various sites to stabilize, connect, and strengthen affordable housing communities.