Life + Scape

Period: Fall 2014 
Instructor: Markus Dochantschi 
Location: Manhattan, NY  
Building Use: Habitable Bridge  
Team Work (2)



The New York City is becoming one of fast aging society next to Tokyo, Milano, and Barcelona. The elderly population will reach to 1.4 million. The Aging Society in New York can change our urban infrastructure and will keep deeply influencing our society. Lifescape, is a narrative that details the intersection of events in an individual’s agency, emotions, health, cultural norms, and behaviors over their life span. Considering the change in the future, this bridge is designed to be exemplified in future aging society. The isolation of the elderly, shown in the current population pattern, must be sublated, instead, they will achieve the balanced life in the bridge. Moreover, the bridge is not another isolated place only for the elderly, rather it connects scattered infrastructures so that it acts as a platform to engage all age groups.



The population of NYC has continuously increased and will reach 9 millions in 2040. In total the population of the elderly will drastically increase over 1.4 million. Among age groups, citizens aged over 65 will reach 47% (922,00 to 1.35 millions).




Then why not in the center of the city?
Considering the fact that city center has more programs and more facilities to support elderly’s life, it seems unfair to locate most of elderly population so far from the center. With the reason, the location of new inhabitable bridge for the elderlly was suggested in the center of NYC. This will allow to utilize existing urban settings and connect important infrastructures so that new elderly population can have a better environment.



It was in search of possible master plan typologies and resulted in finding important nodes; east endpoint of Wall st., west endpoint of Montague st., Battery Park, Governor’s Island, and Brooklyn Park. From these two connections, culture and green, infrastructure will be enhanced. Also, the bridge will be recognized as an influential space for the elderly.



Currently in our society, age-differentiated system is predominant. In this system one are educated when they are young, one works hard when you are middle ages, and one lives leisurely when they get old. For balanced life in the future, this project suggests the age-integrated system in which all age groups employ following three categories in daily life; education, work, and leisure.




The city’s dominant transportation system mainly relies on cars and subways, which limits visual perceptions and accessibility. In the aging society, consideration for the elderly is required since the 15% of the population is aged over 65. New transportation system suggested in the project focuses on slow movement which focuses on walking, running, wheelchair, and bicycle. Moreover, swimming and tram were considered as possible transportation systems. These new way will provide better visual perception and dynamic interaction with surroundings.