- The necessity:
The industrial revolution has made us progress from animal speed to mechanical speed, with devastating consequences, in an ongoing process of more than 150 years humans have massively migrated to cities. Although we still haven’t digested that acceleration we have moved to a more radical acceleration in the 21th century: “the faster than the speed of light.”
The line becomes a necessity for the city, not only as a fast and efficient flow of capital ensuring the city with the speed it needs, but also as a potential future infrastructure project (roads, high speed trains, electrical grid…).
- The European Linear corporation:
The ELC is created as a private institution to manage and regulate the Line. It is responsible of expropriating land on the path the line crosses. In compensation of seized private land, landlord are compensated with shares from the ELC. They once had the most stable and grounded asset (a piece of land or apartments) but now they own fluctuating and unstable assets (shares), they have involuntarily became passive supporters and defenders of the line (they have been forced into the financial system).
Either antenna or cable configuration, the path of the line in the city is still cleared up for potential linear high speed efficient infrastructures that might be build (that will operate on several layers). Once the straight path cleared up from any obstacle a “no mans land” is naturally created by inhabitants fleeing the permeant construction, noise and excavation produced by the line. This buffer zone between the city and the line will also serve as a ground for further expansion and development of programmatic function of the line.
- The Impact:
As the line enter or traverses an urban context it disrupts the traditional urban fabric of the city. The line becomes more than a spatial divider, but rather an instrument of change. In order not to over saturate the line and guarantee continuous flow of capital it is only possible to be plugged in on the line at specific locations. These locations become hyper valued, in a matter of days the buildings in these locations either residential, commercial or leisure are converted into offices. In a city where speed is a priority moving as close as possible to the line becomes essential for survival. As space on the edge of the line is limited and building very high towers is inefficient (the taller a building is, the longer the cable will be to reach the higher floor so the less close the line), a migration starts to occur from the traditional city centers to plug-in locations of the line that are outside the city. Being a multi layered infrastructure the line doesn’t serve anymore only the financial institutions but rather the inhabitants of the city in general. As a sudden migration and hyper densification of some areas occur in the city, the traditional infrastructure of the city become inadequate. The line has disrupted the traditional value of land in the city. The main value of land is now based on speed (meaning how close you are to the line–> meaning the only pieces of land that are valuables are the one connected to the plug-in stations of the line).
I am still organising my thoughts but hope that that is a bit clear!