Conflux: Infrastructure for a hyper-connected urbanism
Umansky Brener, Ricardo
Master of Architecture thesis
The last decades, have seen Mexico's City's urban conditions change, from what many people believe to be a place of untapped possibilities to what now many refer to as a failed state. It's hyperdense conditions coupled with a government unable to control socioeconomic issues have created urban and social disruptions that manifest themselves as severing devices of its infrastructural networks, resulting in a segregated city, "decaying and its core", as crime, social gatherings, and vehicular traffic paralyzes the cities transportation infrastructure, disconnecting one of the largest most vibrant cities of the world. This project explores and manipulates the correlation between the crowd, infrastructure and technology to mitigate these challenges by impacting the city in three scales [local, metropolitan, and virtual] through notions of interstitiality, fluidity and crowd surveillance.