Andrew Lyon and Roy Griffith
"Infrastructure is big, ubiquitous and foundational: It is the systematic expression of capital, deregulated currency, interest rates, credit instruments, trade treaties, and market forces; it is water, fuel and electronic reservoirs, routes and rates of supply; it is demographic mutations and migrations, satellites and lotteries.."
- Sanford Kwinter, ANY 21
the list goes on. At the scale of the city, The Functionality sees an opportunity for a new kind of architecture; a field of correlated and overlapped surfaces, shapes and structures, forging ahead in the slippery world of Kwinter's definition. Existing somewhere between the architecture of yesterday and the infrastructure of tomorrow.
Greenpoint Fairways is our first foray into designing buildings that do duel and even triple duty. We see the modes of capital shifting as budgets dry up and funding becomes tight. City governments, strapped for cash, will need to submit to market forces beyond their locality. Cities may begin to trade carbon, subsidize housing through energy production, in the complex world of private public partnership they may partner with developers to do it all for them.
This was the futurescape Andrew Lyon and RJ Griffith began with when they conceived of Greenpoint Fairways. Could a city develope an architecture that is responsive to its environmental, economic and social forces? We think it can.