Blueprint for Better Cities: A’18 Conference – Narrative Infrastructure
06/22/2018 | 8:45am
Javits Center, NYC
In collaboration with our colleagues at Miller Hull, Signal will lead a conversation that challenges and inspires attendees to assess urban infrastructure systems, embracing humble project typologies with value added design intervention. Simultaneously supportive of business, the urban fabric, and the narrative of place, this presentation integrates design approach with tools and case studies where architects can inspire social and ecological stewardship.
North American infrastructural systems need a tune up. Water treatment facilities have a history of invisibility, with a chain link and razor wire presence at the edge of town. While largely invisible with underground functions capitalizing their makeup, limited information and off-limits perimeter expression comprise 100% of public perception. With development and population growth, new and upgraded facilities no longer have the benefit of urban edge locations. Our presentation will illustrate projects that explore integrative design methodologies to engage communities, empower design, and create messages that elevate infrastructural projects within the urban fabric of our communities. These design forward and narrative approaches provide a balance for reciprocal investment between municipalities and communities through funding, conservation, engagement, and trust under the common goal of the urban environment. The case studies presented will explore how concepts of design narrative, context, integration, and sustainability can influence the discourse of design of infrastructure in the public sphere.