Recipient of Samsung Everland Landscape Design Award // Placed 3rd out of 134 international teams // Partner entry with Krystian Masternak

The modern city is layered with urban spaces of intention; offices, apartments, parks, restaurants and shopping centers all fulfill their intended design function. However, the occupiable space oftentimes generates a byproduct of “junk space” such as dark alleys, hot parking lots, rusted fire escapes, cold lightwells, and noisy rooftops. These zones that house utilities out of sight and out of reach, are the urban appendages where the cityscape becomes inaccessible and uninhabitable.

The vision of Urban Strata is to develop a flexible space that adapts to the whims of urban dwellers and introduces program in underutilized spaces. The rooftop, the most extensive piece of real estate that has been overlooked as a throwaway space for undesirable utilities, is the last design frontier in highly condensed urban spaces. As individuals see the potential of rooftop spaces, more and more programmatic responses have emerged: rooftop gardens, pools, clubs, and rooftop cinema already exist throughout major cities. However, none of these programs are connected– they are scattered throughout the city, used only by the privileged few.

Urban Strata offers a deployable strategy for connecting these programs and further develops rooftop activities that are linked together by a zipline system. Urban dwellers traverse from one building to another without ever having to touch the ground. The possibility of eating dinner at a rooftop restaurant and then “zipping” over to an adjacent rooftop cinema creates the potential for an entirely new inner city network. With the new zipline system, the potential of the roofscape is fully realized.