Lecture: Real Estates
Nicholas de Monchaux, UC Berkeley
Local Code : Real Estates uses geospatial analysis to identify thousands of publicly owned abandoned sites in major US cities, imagining this distributed, vacant landscape as a new urban system. Using parametric design, a landscape proposal for each site is tailored to local conditions, optimizing thermal and hydrological performance to enhance the whole city’s ecology—and relieving burdens on existing infrastructure. Local Code’s quantifiable effects on energy usage and stormwater remediation eradicate the need for more expensive, yet invisible, sewer and electrical upgrades. In addition, the project uses citizen participation to conceive a new, more public infrastructure as well —a robust network of urban greenways with tangible benefits to the health and safety of every citizen.
Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect and urbanist focused on issues of nature, technology, and the city.
His interdisciplinary design work and writings on cities, networks, and objects have been the subject of numerous articles, invited lectures, and symposia. He is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, forthcoming), an architectural history of the Apollo 11 spacesuit.