New York Steady State
New York City (Steady) State
New York City (Steady) State was initiated during Terreform's inception. This long-term inquiry seeks to answer the question: can New York City become self-sufficient within its political boundaries?
Intended to be an alternative master plan for the city’s future, this study investigates the possibility for urban self-reliance in such areas as food, energy, waste, water, air supply and quality, manufacture, employment, culture, health, and transport. The predicate of the study lies both in questions of the limits of sustainability and in response to the failures of democratic autonomy within an increasingly globalized economy. It aims to produce more than a dramatic new plan for the future of New York; it seeks to compile an inventory of best practices that are relevant to cities around the world.
In short, it asks a larger question: how can we get the ecological footprint of the city to be equivalent to that of its political boundary?
New York City (Steady) State will be a series of publications, each focusing on one of the aforementioned respiratory functions. Each will be its own volume, taking the form of an encyclopedia/design manual hybrid. The series will provide the reader with a unique resource that grants them not only a critical understanding of the issues at hand, but one that also unveils innovative and forward-thinking architectural design solutions across each volume.
Volume 1 Homegrown
Volume 2 Waste Not