F'14 Studio: Kayla Manning

Born out of industrialism, the High line was at one point dubbed the lifeline of New York, servicing directly local factories, warehouses and refrigerating companies. Transformed into a public park as we know today, the High Line has catalyzed opulent post-industrial development in its surrounding districts, centered around consumerism, investment, and profit. Opulence is particularly perceived in the investment trends of the
numerous luxury condos with exceedingly increasing price tags and ostentatious amenities packages. Target buyers for these luxury condos is increasingly the foreign investor, who does not plan to use the condo as a primary residence but rather as merely an investment or as a pied-aterre. The pied-a-terre therefore represents capital investment but also a source of physically unused space and infrastructure with occupancy
fluctuating throughout the year and even daily. This project proposes an alternative model that hacks the luxury condo deve! lopment, utilizing its investment capital, wasted space, and infrastructure to reinsert spaces of production in the district. To do this, elements of the districts past are reinterpreted, creating a hybridization of the luxury condo with industrial agriculture. In so doing, the occupancy lapses of the
pied-a-terre, are balanced by a productive use as an industrial greenhouse. The ambition in providing this new model is to create an alternative trajectory for the district potentially bringing about another rezoning and steering the district towards an alternative character.