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SHoP Architects Design the World’s Largest Prefab Tower for Atlantic Yards

Posted By Lori Zimmer On November 21, 2011 @ 5:35 pm In Architecture,Brooklyn | No Comments

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The renderings for the massive modular complex for Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yard [3] were revealed Friday by Forest City Ratner Developments. Designed by SHoP Architects [4], the 32 storey building will be the world’s tallest [5] prefab and will look like stacks of volumes akin to a college campus [6]. Although the prefab project will save on both cost and waste, the initially promised 17,000 jobs it would create has been somehow reduced to a paltry 190, amongst other disappointments.

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Around 60% of the modular complex [7] will be prefabricated, which will cut down on congestion, noise and pollution from the construction site. But what it also cuts down on is the promised union worker’s wages- from $85 an hour on the construction site [8] to $35 in the less dangerous factory site, not to mention the aforementioned fewer jobs than initially proposed.

Another discrepancy from the 2006 plan is the size of the affordable housing apartments [9]. The new construction report announced 130 studios, 180 one bedrooms and 20 two bedroom apartments, which differs from the original claim that 50% of the units would be 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. A percentage of each will still become affordable rental housing [10], but larger families counting on calling the new Atlantic Yards home will have to look elsewhere.

The question to ponder remains, what has more benefit? A new modular complex [11] that produces 70-90% less waste and reduced energy consumption of 67% than traditional construction- or supplying high paying jobs to more New York construction workers looking for jobs in this suffering economy? But then again, any notion of “benefits” coming from Atlantic Yards is a hard sell, as no one in the local community really wanted this development in the first place [12].

+ SHoP Architects [4]

Via NY Curbed [13]

 


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[3] Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yard: http://inhabitat.com/barclays-center-plaza-to-feature-green-roof-subway-entrance/

[4] SHoP Architects: http://www.shoparc.com/

[5] world’s tallest: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/oppenheims-leed-platinum-williamsburg-hotel-will-rise-440-feet-in-north-brooklyn/

[6] college campus: http://inhabitat.com/uc-davis-newly-opened-west-village-is-the-largest-net-zero-project-in-the-us/

[7] modular complex: http://inhabitat.com/vagalume-modular-eco-libraries-will-cultivate-literacy-protect-the-amazon-river/

[8] construction site: http://inhabitat.com/construction-crawls-ahead-on-herzog-de-meurons-elbphilharmonie-in-hamburg/

[9] affordable housing apartments: http://inhabitat.com/habitat-for-humanity-kent-county-uses-leed-standards/

[10] affordable rental housing: http://inhabitat.com/c3-chicago-prefab-is-a-cost-effective-and-sustainable-urban-housing-solution/

[11] modular complex: http://inhabitat.com/modolo-10x10-prefab-brings-affordable-living-to-northern-mexicos-poor/

[12] this development in the first place: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Yards#Opponents

[13] NY Curbed: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/11/17/atlantic_yards_modular_condo_tower_will_be_worlds_tallest.php

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