Benjamin Brichta (website)
Columbia University GSAPP
Advanced Studio IV
Faculty: Kazys Varnelis (website)


This studio challenged the architect not only to design the spaces of production but also to take on the task of designing the organizational structures and institutions behind the production methods. We were encouraged to consider a post-capitalist urban landscape and focus on new models of competition and participation.

I proposed a new Taxi guild and social club. The organization subverts New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission – bypassing the expensive and exploitive medallion system. The building is designed to break down old taxi’s, store their parts, and reconstruct them for individual owners and entrepreneurs. The buildings’ structure is made up of the vertical parking structures ubiquitous in lower Manhattan. The spaces in-between the storage towers are personal garages and meeting places for the entire guild.

My project is meant to engage issues of intellectual property, organized labor, and my generations’ search for authenticity.


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