America, a lively and diverse place, lacks a delicate and valuable admiration of its elderly. This is an unfortunate social deficiency, as age often correlates with expertise and knowledge. The Empire State Building can serve as this catalyst of change. This project strives to improve social inclusion of the elderly by inducing collaborative encounters between brilliant minds at one of America’s most iconic buildings.
The goals of sustainable communities are to 1) lower infrastructure and transportation costs, 2) reduce air pollution and storm water runoff, 3) preserve historic properties and sensitive lands, 4) save people in commute time, 5) create more economically resilient communities and 6) meet market demand for different types of housing at various price points.
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.