Video: Local Code / Real Estates

By Nicholas de Monchaux

Ed. note: This video is about a project that was a finalist in the Working Public Architecture 2.0 competition sponsored by UCLA Citylab. The proposal was submitted by a group from UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.

"Proposal Location : Major US Cities with city-owned abandoned lots, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC. Case study developed for San Francisco.

Local Code : Real Estates uses geospatial analysis to identify thousands of publicly owned abandoned sites in major US cities, imagining this distributed, vacant landscape as a new urban system. Using parametric design, a landscape proposal for each site is tailored to local conditions, optimizing thermal and hydrological performance to enhance the whole city's ecology—and relieving burdens on existing infrastructure. Local Code's quantifiable effects on energy usage and stormwater remediation eradicate the need for more expensive, yet invisible, sewer and electrical upgrades. In addition, the project uses citizen participation to conceive a new, more public infrastructure as well — a robust network of urban greenways with tangible benefits to the health and safety of every citizen.

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Published Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Written by Nicholas de Monchaux

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