If technology evolves to allow for interior personal vehicles, urban mobility can exist within the building itself. The new interior vehicular system will move both horizontally and vertically, dissolving the "convenience" of the grid and creating neighborhoods within neighborhoods.
Paul Tran Shuning Zhao 06Interior open space

Street Life introduces a new way to experience the city by creating a new architectural scale in between the urban fabric and the building. The assumption is that technology will evolve such that there can be interior personal-size vehicles, allowing urban mobility to exist inside the building itself. Users can choose between speeds of movement to reach their destinations through a straight route or meander through. No longer relegated to the grid, this new interior vehicular system allows for pedestrians to experience the gradual unwrapping of neighborhood upon neighborhood. Movement is both horizontal and vertical, and the idea of "convenience" established by the grid is dissolved. The street is now inverted, existing within the building itself to form a new mobility that communicates between both pedestrians and vehicles.

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Paul Tran Shuning Zhao 11Section showing integrated systems of movement

Paul Tran Shuning Zhao 09Ratio comparison between current distribution and proposed scheme

As the grid is no longer necessary, neither is the fixed scale of the buildings that exist in the Tribeca site. Buildings can now grow to new scales that were previously unfeasible and allow for new configurations and opportunities for expanded open space.

Paul Tran Shuning Zhao 08Current plan
Paul Tran Shuning Zhao 07Proposed plan

Paul Tran Shuning Zhao 10Building typologies

Paul Tran Shuning Zhao 03Project model