Taking advantage of the stalled Filene's construction site at Downtown Crossing, Eco-Pod proposes to stimulate the economy and ecology of downtown Boston with a temporary vertical algae bio-reactor and new public Commons, built from prefabricated modules. The pods will serve as bio-fuel sources and as micro-incubators for research and development programs. The voids between pods form a network of vertical public parks/botanical gardens housing unique plant species- a new Uncommon for the Commons.
The reconfigurable modular units anticipate future deployments on other sites. An instant architecture, the armature allows the structure to transform to meet changing programmatic and economic needs, while the continuous construction on the site will broadcast a subtle semaphore of constructional activity and economic recovery. This is anticipatory, pre-cycled architecture, capable of generating a new micro-urbanism that is local, agile, and carbon net positive.
Ecopods is a collaboration with Squared Design Lab.