As the result of a collaboration with the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn-based dance company STREB, and UNL's Dance and Computer Science and Engineering programs, this second-year design project was supported by a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant. One of the project goals was to promote dialogue with non-designers.
This project is positioned in Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, over the old Lincoln Federal building, better known as the Grand Manse. The proposal calls to buy the air rights over the building to accommodate a growing downtown with commercial and residential living. The focus of the project was to use a stacked vertical approach instead of the typical flat horizontal currently displayed in Lincoln.
New York City is where you can meet the world in one place. Residents and visitors bring the richness of multiculturalism from all over the world. However, many issues and inconveniences exist for those whose first language is not English, especially those elderly residents.
Air Rights Architecture investigates two formerly forgotten aspects of architecture, the roof and the sky, to reconfigure historical notions that: architecture must primarily touch the ground and large buildings traditionally have flat roofs. The project is situated in a prototypical Midwest urban site with endless opportunities to accommodate changing density patterns.