Urban Quotient

Information Filtration

An Alternative Urban Plan for Washington, D.C.
Competition Entry: WPA 2.0 Exhibition Selection (2009)
(Collaboration with Amelia Magida)

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Anacostia Watershed

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Rate of Foreclosure by Ward in DC, with identification of potential economic development nodes

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Rate of Poverty by Ward in DC, with identification of potential economic development nodes

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Axonometric Diagram of Server Belt System

Inspired by Depression-Era Public Works and the potential offered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, UCLA launched an open ideas competition in 2009 called WPA 2.0, in which they sought a new vision for the design of infrastructure and cities.

UQ’s proposal focused on information infrastructure and urban sustainability. As the demand for information becomes greater and greater, so does the demand for storage, and the energy needed to support it. Yet access to this information is not equal in all places or for all people. In some parts of our urban centers, this lack of access to the new economy has added to longstanding problems of unemployment, poverty, and a deteriorating environment. This proposal seeks to leverage demand for new information infrastructure to tackle these seemingly intractable issues and to think holistically about urban sustainability.