Converting abondoned air-right space to affordable housing in Manhattan

Designers Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee wants to use the space over low rise buildings in New York to create apartments and public areas. The project is called Instant City: Living Air Right.

The design is based on a white, modular structure. The building would consist of cubic units as affordable living spaces combined with public spaces for activities.
The public area is called Living Surfaces and includes platforms where the residents can interact and share experiences and cultures.

The designers want to use air space that have been overlooked for a long time while at the same time doing something about the rising prices in the city. Research has shown that most people rather rent than own and this project is meant to use the space as new possibilities for affordable housing.

It is not unusual that developers buy air rights (Transferable Development Rights, TDR) in New York to be able to add space to their projects.

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