Suprastructures: Undercover Sites and Composite Living

Gracia Acosta, Marcela, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Jover Biboum, Margarita, Dean's Office, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Li, Shiqiao, Department of Architecture, University of Virginia

In ever expanding, ever growing urban centers, places that are neither here, not there, overlooked by their seemingly uselessness, are bound to exist. These sites exist parallel to the mundane and necessary functions in urban settings, primarily exemplified by infrastructure, and hence, survive in a state of permanent invisibility.

These sites have an opportunity to become the framework in which a new sociocultural and economic model can exist. A shift from labor to work, finds its place in these invisible sites, housing production, work, living, materials, leisure, in order to offer an alternative living condition in the city. This new model works by using existing infrastructure and appropriating otherwise overlooked sites, validating this alternative socioeconomic paradigm, and supplying a much needed sense of belonging through the appropriation of nonexistent places.

MARCH (Master of Architecture)
urban center, infrastructure, nonexistent places, housing, invisible sites
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