Underline: The Culver Viaduct
Proposal by John McGill (hosted by Urban Omnibus)


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Infrastructure as Urban Opportunity As infrastructure in our cities
reaches and exceeds the end of designed life spans, the necessary
upgrades, repair, and replacements to these aging systems require
significant public investment. According to the American Society of
Civil Engineers, some $2.2 trillion of investment will be needed to
address US infrastructure needs in the next five years alone. At the
same time, urban park development increasingly involves cooperation
with, and concessions to, the private sector to offset the need for
public investment. Vacant land suitable and available for new public
space and other essential local amenities is, for obvious reasons, hard
to come by. It is therefore no surprise that last summer’s opening of
the High Line’s first segment was so highly anticipated and widely
discussed: infrastructure is increasingly seen as a locus of
opportunity.

The seemingly inaccessible and useless spaces of urban infrastructure
have a value beyond their (often awkward) adjacency to newly viable real
estate: they are already inscribed with highly specific relationships to
surrounding urban fabric, and as intervention sites can therefore
mediate between radically different scales, speeds, and programs.



To see more and to read the complete article and design proposal
click on Urban Onmibus.