Un-grounded City exemplifies a new paradigm for urbanism in front of the rising tide. Without building sea walls or completely abandoning the 'ground,' it is neither conventionally defensive nor radically pessimistic. It turns the 'tide' to favor new form of opportunistic development. Contesting the capricious flood line, the ground plane rescues itself through delamination, proliferation, and elevation. Transportation is un-grounded. Circulations of people and goods happen simultaneously at multiple altitudes. Entrances are no longer bound to a single ground plane. Citizens depart, commute and arrive at different heights. Terminals locate across the section of a city. Bridges span across individual parcels, connecting multiple grounds to form an infrastructural matrix that redefine our urban environment as a novel collective. It shatters the boundaries of private ownership above ground level and redefines a new capitalist public domain in midair.
To govern the evolution of such a city, we launch the Meta Code. It is the code of codes. It stipulates the correlation between parameters that generate our present city but reform it to another level. It foresees a new urbanism which adapt to sea level rise, population boom and economic fluctuation. This speaks about our attitude towards code. Everything is relative, not fixed.
Project by Cory Seeger, Matthew Conway, Emily Russell, and Wesley Ho
Meta Code Handbook