Hybrid Typological Corrections
The selling of counterfeiting products in Chinatown has become the main source of income for the retailers and the people living in Chinatown.
Tourists are primarily drawn to Chinatown to purchase counterfeited products. Canal street serves as the primary retail artery in which the selling of pirated products has become dominant. The counterfeiting industry has generated $45,000,000 from 2003-2005 along and has created a deficit of 1.6 billion dollars in potential state tax from the city of New York.
In 2013 Council woman Margaret Chin, proposed a law that will criminalize the purchase of counterfeit products with a prison sentence of up to a year. This law will change the retail fabric of Chinatown, therefore the district will need to rely on a new source of production and income.
The MADE IN CHINATOWN project envisions an alternative of new ecologies of Manufacturing and residential spaces in the city. The project examines the existing typological conditions of the retail spaces on the ground , second floor and more specifically in the “back room” . The project seeks to expand and revitalize the “back room” by creating a new typological artery incision through the block that
will connect the new showrooms. This new commercial artery will also engage with the hybrid towers, creating vertical circulation to the horizontal programmatic platforms above. The horizontal platforms derived from the architectural operation of the ground, brought to “city above”. This programmatic bar sustains, residential, office, recreational, manufacturing and community spaces and seek to function as a new manufacturing and residential ecology.
Critic: Juan Herreros
Adjunct Professor: Ignacio Gonzalez Galan
Teacher’s Assistant: Wesley S. LeForce
- Hybrid Mid Rise Residential
- Charles Hajj