Freedom from Special Economic Zones



As International Gateways and global conduits feed their delusion of exponential growth, expanding forms of urbanism are meeting special economic zones at borders of industry and community life. These borders, often defined by infrastructural corridors, are now places of opportunity to redefine the relationships between the two conditions and build resilience. By taking borderland back for a community, or at the very least earmarking it for future use, new urban forms can result in these unexpected locations by using the excess resources cast off from the industrial zones to fuel new, scalable commons. Existing flows of utilities infrastructures are subsidized by the zone and airport resulting in low operating costs for community programing.

Hyper local niche groups sited near zonal edge sites in Mississauga, Ontario are encouraged to take roost in the initial space and become stewards with the option of expanding their own node along the commoned utility spine. General programs of the initial hub, plug into the supply chain by hosting a new urban material flows and waste material allocation, situating the project in both realms. Clare Lyster claims that, “The airport will be the true city of the 21st century” and to fend off a future of insular aerotropolis and ever expanding supply chain, leverage points of communal reaction on the edge is a corporation limiting, urban building proposition.
Faculty Advisor:
Malcolm McCullough