The Marine Industrial Cloud

Contribution to the Spring 2018 issue of ArchitectureBoston

Having handed over labor to machines, human labor is unnecessary in the Marine Industrial Park in 2067. Society has shifted to a universal basic income to equitably and unconditionally distribute the unneeded salaries of the machines for human use, and Bostonians now pursue human interests in social settings that coexist in parallel with the machine labor that enables them. Given its proximity to the water and the continuing need of humans to utilize ocean resources, the Marine Industrial Park maintains maritime industrial use as a primary function. While zoning remains unchanged, the efficiency of robotic labor liberates ground levels and areas with the vistas that Bostonians appreciate, for public leisure and the pursuit of a new form of human work. Dry Dock 4 is typical of the building and development types produced by this new economic condition, which leverage the stripped-down needs of machine production to fundamentally reshape the constraints of building and site design. Seen from below, a single symbiotic and fundamentally social experience emerges from the combination of human experience and the machine functions that enable it.


Partial section. Tightly controlled marine industrial uses enable an extroverted and socially optimized public realm: a civic industrial type.


View from below.

Luis, Fiona. "Envisioning new life for a 700-foot-long pier," ArchitectureBoston21, no. 1 (2018): 42-43.




Elizabeth Christoforetti, Will Cohen, Nathan Fash, and Lauren Matrka