vneighborhood‘Vertical Neighborhood’ MoMA Tower Proposal

July 2009

PARAMETRIC CONSULTATION
NEW YORK TOWER PROPOSAL

Vertical Neighborhood is a mixed Use New York high rise scheme conceived by the New York based architecture Firm – Axis Mundi with Parametric modeling and digital design by Live Architecture Network members Carlo Ciampoli and James Coleman.

“A more diverse, complex, heterogeneous, and environmentally-minded city need no longer be represented by one-note architecture that makes a singular visual image and little else,” says John Beckmann of  Axis Mundi

LaN utilized Parametric Software to control the tower’s “Random” aesthetic. The Digital model acted as a reservoir where information was both deposited and extracted. Within the model Unit; square footage, variation, and density were all defined Parametrically thus easily monitored in real time. As conceptual design decisions were being made real world data could play an important role in this dialogue.

The utilization of an associative approach not only provides for the generation of complex geometry but allows for the integration of external data; project progress, material properties, manufacturing constraints, and economic forecasting, become essential drivers of design. The use of Parametric Software promotes flexibility throughout the architectural process, permitting design decisions to be consistently applied at each phase.  Emphasis is placed back on design and performance.

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“Historically, the skyscraper was a unitary, homogeneous form that reflected the generic, flexible office space it contained,” says Beckmann. “The Vertical Neighborhood is more organic and more flexible—an assemblage of disparate architectural languages. It reflects an emerging reality for tall buildings as collections of domestic elements: dwellings, neighborhoods, streets”
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Find more information on Vertical Neighborhood:

Inhabitat

Jenga, anyone? This crazy kaleidoscope of architectural wonder is architect John Beckmann and his firm, Axis Mundi’s alternative (and we mean alternative) vision of the much-discussed 53 W. 53rd site, where New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is planning its expansion….

Dezeen

Axis Mundi’s design is an attempt to rethink the New York skyscraper for the post-boom era, expressing the diversity of uses within instead of “one-note architecture that makes a singular visual image and little else.”…..

ArchDaily

With the countless number of ridiculously tall skyscrapers planned
for around the world, it is remarkable the controversy an 82-story
skyscraper for Midtown Manhattan can create…..

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