Works Progress Administration 2.0
Urban Planning Competition
 
New York, NY
2009

SAS submitted this proposal to cityLAB, an urban think tank at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, who called for a redux of the Depression-era infrastructure built by the WPA. SAS envisioned sustainable light industrial investment in the local infrastructure of target populations. 

While maintaining the same job-generating purpose as the original WPA, SAS proposed light industrial parks instead of the industrial infrastructure and heavy manufacturing of the Depression-era projects. Bringing some manufacturing back to America, light industrial parks encourage sustainable jobs, buildings, products and communities. SAS envisioned a flexible typology adjustable to the existing fabric of struggling cities across the country: lightweight single-story warehouse structures sheltering a campus of car-free workshops that can be atomized to infill vacant lots or clustered over decommissioned industrial sites.