Level Up, Linkage Infrastructure
Level Up is a thesis of exploration towards infrastructures in the city, with the idea of addressing the current status of infrastructures being boring, isolated, temporal and under-utilized. Instead of conventional footbridges and link bridges, the thesis visualizes a different approach towards pedestrian infrastructure in the city as an expandable framework that could be developed and upgraded over time based on the needs of community that could not only physically connect between places but also forms cultural connection between people.
The thesis proposes a Superstructure that forms linkages between districts in the city, not only physically but also culturally. In Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, pedestrian infrastructures play a huge role in connecting between landmarks and attractions, but often under-utilized, lifeless and gives a sense of insecurity. The aim is to redefine the position of infrastructure in the city that is often seen as a non-place element and being under-utilized and isolated from the city fabric by creating a flexible three-dimensional framework that supports and serves different programs that are capable to be developed and upgraded over time based on the needs of the community.
Elements like bridges, platforms, and volumes are defined within this kind of framework, forming open ground for cultural and daily activities, allowing events and temporal activity to happen, fostering the lost sense of the culture of the area. The structure is elevated to form an abstract topography where circulations are carefully planned to create an interesting experience while transitioning along the Klang River, bringing back the appreciation towards the natural infrastructure. Despite being of a huge structure crossing boundaries between buildings around the site, the project is designed not to overshadow the existing landmarks, complementing them instead.
The thesis at the end brings up the notion to blur the line between Architecture and Infrastructure, where the future of Architecture should stop being individualistic and Infrastructure should not be purely focused on its practicality. The thesis visualizes the future of urbanism by creating a hybrid of both.