Stress Test

Research

2011

If a stress test determines the stability of a given system to go beyond normal operation, we can push a given system beyond its current capacities. STRESS TEST utilizes urban development as a testing ground for productive territories that occupy urban zones and generate new conceptions of public space. The exhibition was a study in reconfiguring ground, wall, and roof conditions in everyday sites to become productive, synthetic infrastructural surfaces that generate public space for the city.

The storm water run-off urban canopy proposes the re-figuration of commercial street systems and provides critical habitat to displaced species. Wall: On open residential lots, a “Green Energy Machine” system is installed that is run by the waste produced in individual households. Energy is stored in batteries and fed back to houses.

The GEM module is housed in a structure that shields neighbors from noise and smells generated from the system. The wall thickness buffers noise and smells with a multi-layer wall construction. Ground: A series of reed beds begin to proliferate the surface of retention ponds to create new habitats for local species while cleaning the water and making it available for public recreation.

A catalog of infrastructure with potential to become spatial / habitable / communal:
ENERGY / ECOLOGY / WASTE / MOBILITY