T.K. Justin Ng is a designer based in Toronto exploring the changing role of architecture and the future of cities through research, design and drawing.

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Cable Cruise, 2015

Cable Cruise

Location

Toronto, Canada

Team

T.K. Justin Ng, Tristan Sito

Year

2016

GFA

Status

Idea, Competition

Awards + Press

First Place / Award of Excellence, Structural Steel Education Foundation ‘Recycle’ Competition

Interview in Spacing Magazine Issue 39 (here)

Cable Cruise on the cover of Advantage Steel

Short List, NXT City Prize 2015 by City of Toronto 

With the eventual decommissioning of existing transmission towers, Cable Cruise takes advantage of this existing framework and layers a new mode of transit on the city’s infrastructure without deconstruction. 

To recycle is to take advantage of the original object’s qualities and transform it into another being. While doing so, one must consider reducing production of waste to a minimum, thus retaining as much of the characteristics of the parent as much as possible.

The development in technology has led to a decrease in the use of transmission towers (a.k.a. hydro towers) and the question of functionality arises with these abandoned structures.

Instead of recycling each tower individually, Cable Cruise treats all the towers as a connected system capable of transporting heavy loads off the vehicular grid.

Cable cars offer an escape from the heavy road traffic and noise pollution. With a ride on Cable Cruise, guests are able to relax from the stress of congested roads and enjoy a scenic view of the Toronto skyline.

Jury Comments:

Cable Cruise was chosen for the Award of Excellence because it layers a new mode of transit on the city’s infrastructure without deconstruction or use of other imbedded energies. It introduces a compelling argument for what might be possible in the eventual decommissioning of the existing hydro towers, creating the impetus for a vertical park and a future attraction for Torontonians and tourists alike. The ground plane is left to be addressed by each community as it passes through. This adaptive reuse of the existing framework through the use of addition, rather than subtraction, is original, inspiring and structurally ambitious.

 

Cable Cruise, 2015
Cable Cruise, 2015