Render of welders working on a house frame with container like houses behind

Published: 2023

/ Student Work

Muck Fabrics

Infrastructure has an extensive history of imposing its will upon people and the environment by targeting specific groups of beings. Areas of sensible phenomena and infrastructural lines (power lines, subway, railroads, hazardous waste, sewage) run across neighborhoods dividing the landscape. These infrastructural lines are permanent evidence of human control over the natural world. Resilient fabrics emerged through the intersection of these factors. The fabric of Willets Point is interwoven with a massive automobile repair and salvage community. Within the community, they renegotiate their relationship with muck. Muck is: “dirt, rubbish, or waste matter.”

Muck Fabrics proposes a ‘speculative’ vernacular resilient framework to create a catalyst for community-driven development with community-shared, closed system resources from the site. Reevaluating aesthetics and framing a language born from the neighborhood, the project also focuses on amalgamating residential, commercial, industrial, experiential, and open spaces that work together to make the fabric of the community ‘muck-like yet ‘livable’ and ‘resilient.’


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