Led by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Frank Gehry, this SUPRASTUDIO will explore the possibilities for intelligent micro-technologies that support going “off the grid” at both the building scale and the urban scale.
Currently, the built environment is organized around networks of distribution infrastructures — for power, water, heat, fuel and other services — that over the past century have dramatically affected the structure of the environment and people’s way of way of life. Often, this design for the grid comes at the expense of the needs of people. But what if the grid itself were unnecessary? The studio will hypothesize what new cities might look like if inhabitants could control their own creation and consumption of energy, cooling, water and other services.