Banning Cars ( Drivers )

Past Futures, Present, Futures / Storefront for Art and Architecture / NYC, NY      -     

curator Eva Franch i Gilbert

I propose banning drivers from Manhattan Island.  Permitted drivers would include those necessary for essential services ( health, safety, etc ).  This is not to suggest banning cars per se, but more directly a public’s ability and freedom to drive them.

The above statement repurposes Paul and Percival Goodman’s “Banning Cars from Manhattan” with a nuanced understanding of “car” as an extension of free will.  With the free will to “drive” comes the inherent inefficiencies of human interaction.  Eliminating these inefficiencies through computation, smart traffic systems, and integrated driver-less vehicles fundamentally redefines the the “car” as moving, occupiable space.  A driver-less car therefore becomes less about exterior styling, and more about volume.  The vehicle grows in size relative to a precise operation, maxing out at just under the area of one parking space ( 200 sf ). 

The street is free ( sort of ).

The new space afforded by the elimination of driving offers what Cadillac has termed the “Super Cruise”.  This Super Cruise place-holds, in my opinion, for architectural program.  Imagine space disconnected from place, or at least bouncing around in zones of place, with a fundamentally different relationship with time. 

Sleeping for example.

If one were to occupy an efficient autonomous vehicle ( 40mpg ) for 12 hours, at a consistent speed 20 mph, the cost ( beyond upkeep ) amounts to $30 per day / $900 per month.  Have this super cruise run perpetually and this monthly expense doubles ( $1800 ).  Your rent is fuel economy.  The direct relationship of rent to fuel would deeply impact alternative energy research while offering wild opportunity for renters typically priced out of the area. The static street would therefore respond to a more consistent force and reposition the pedestrian within it.  Traffic becomes the signal.

The advantages of this proposal are great.  Important and immediate are the reductions in casualty, the decline of petro exhaust pollution as a result of energy efficiency, and the unscripted potential held within a radical reevaluation of nearly 35% ( 231,000,000 sf ) of Manhattan’s area.


Space Charmer

SPACE CHARMER is the temporary repurpose of SPACE BUSTER into a pop-up dream.  This performance is is met through the clever marriage of innovative structure, environmental graphics, and crowd interaction - the combination of which offer alternative definitions of space with their efficient use of materials and resultant phenomenological effect. 

I intend to inflate something with a skyscraper's dimension ( 2000' of polytube ) within this small gallery, and then have the crowd float the structure into the sky with helium filled balloons.  Periodic painted shapes and colors strive to associate this unfurling thing with some terrific beast or tentacle or guts.  Ultimately, I hope this playful temporary installation furthers understanding on material, color, and scale as powerful agents of value.


A Little Fawn” situates experimental architecture within the trope of “American Children’s Program.” This work is in an effort to stoke alternative urban discourse and reveal latent conflicts between televised media, the city, and children. The work is meant to be widely accessible and is therefore crafted from the perspective of a young child. Traditional program realms of cartoon and skit will layer different scales and media, and then leverage them into scenes, sets, stages, and backdrops.

Ideas City Festival


Curators New Museum of Art / Storefront for Art and Architecture

Carlos Minguez Carrasco

Past Futures, Present, Futures

Storefront for Art and Archtiecture


Curator Eva French i Gilabert


Storefront for Art and Architecture