GO WEST YOUNG MAN? / THE INVERTED FRONTIER

Friday, December 14, 2007






Javits Center Expansion, Far West Side Manhattan


After spending far too much time problemitizing site and scouring through a host of (ultimately) unsatisfactory possibilities, I have officially located myself on the Far West Side of Manhattan. The situation provides a fairly classic modern problem - a large building predicated on function, a one face encounter with the 'city,' the remainder of its perimeter submitting to an almost sublime urban detritus. Current post-industrial urban schema see these sites as moments of potential in the city - open sites for folding the city back onto itself - an inverted frontier.

The Jacob Javits Center expansion - an economic necessity cum political nightmare - is my grounds for investigating the inverted frontier. Exhibition - were horizontality is an assest - extended in the vertical city. The plinth's capacity as a dense horizontal platform provides an open source of techniques and organizational precedents for proposing new relationships between service/served, open/contained, bounded/limitless, and public/private.

Wish me luck.

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