Super-Quotidian: A Speculative Inventory of Everyday Life in New York City

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Ouellet, Charline




SUPER-QUOTIDIAN examines the encounter between the New York City's everyday life and the recent increase in supertall skyscrapers construction. These extreme high-rise residential towers have recently multiplied and now constitute a new housing typology in Manhattan. Supertall structures are shaping a new future for the city. In addition to raising multiple issues, supertalls promote the loss of many attributes of a New Yorker's everyday life. Assuming that this typology will only develop further in the coming years, it is necessary to analyze what they are currently producing in society in order to speculate on a future for building in extreme urban conditions.

This research is engaged in a parallel study about methods of representation in architecture. Hand drawing shares similarities to the New Yorkers' everyday life: messy, imperfect and engaging. This drawing inventory contributes to build a critique of the new vernacular language created in New York City's quotidian.






Carleton University

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