El Hadi, Jazairy – Delirious Climate: A Green New Deal NYC

The Delirious Climate NYC studio addresses the question of how urban designers can contribute to the coalition driving the Green New Deal, creating territories of ecologic, economic and racial justice. As announced by many leading voices in climate policy such as Naomi Klein: “We are entering a period of hope on climate change. Grassroots movements and their allies in Congress are staking out an ambitious agenda that matches the scale and urgency of the climate crisis. These new leaders are articulating their vision in terms of a Green New Deal—a still-abstract set of proposals for decarbonizing the economy, eliminating poverty, creating green, working-class jobs, and retrofitting communities for the coming effects of climate change. […] A Green New Deal would constitute a generational investment in planning and design, reshaping the social and physical landscape of the U.S. in ways matched only by the Industrial Revolution, New Deal, and postwar suburban boom.”

Designing a Green New Deal for New York City is a multi-disciplinary effort that requires bringing many voices together: economists, historians, and designers, activists, elected officials and journalists engaged in climate
actions. This expanded urban condition will require new urban paradigms and design strategies that reconfigure Manhattanism in the age of the environment.

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Student Work

Yixin Miao; Ruokun Zhang; Yufan Hao – “Manhattan Shelf”

Manhattan Shelf proposes a new elevated public transportation system as the Green New Deal in response to the sea level rise in the future and chooses Lower Manhattan as the experimental site to test how the polluted, grided, private and static Manhattan can be transformed to green, heterogeneous and a little messy space with more shared urban environment.
Instead of being concrete and mono-functioned, this new flexible modular infrastructure is an urban shelf constructed by timber, not only supporting public transportation and logistics, but also providing space for animal habitat and community interaction.

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