|Open Air Performance Space. Traces of the removed buildings are used to define a new architecture of the public, in the negative (inverted) space of the street.|
Team Work: Tutors : Nida Rehman + Daniel Cardoso Llach
Partisipants : Natalia Bartolomeo - Brazil + Aya Fujimoto - Japan + Benson Gillepsie - USA
Cheng Wei Lo - Taiwan + Luz Jimenez - Spain + Shahrzad Rahmani - Germany
Linde Van Reeth - Belgium + Monon bin Yunus - Bangladesh + Khaled ElAshry - Egypt
Location : Archiprix International Workshop 2011 at MIT university , Cambridge ,USA
Project Location: New York NY ,USA
The Manhattan Promenades
Radical Contextualism for a Carless City (or, Snap To Grid)
The grid projects itself into Queens through a public park-bridge
Streets are meant to be public. In our future tense Manhattan there are no cars (as we know them) and mobility and public infrastructures are re-claimed for the public sphere.
Challenging preservationist ideologies. Preservationist policies are re-formulated to allow buildings to change and die. A new typological vocabulary emerges in the in-between spaces. Its aim: to avoid (or instrumentalize) the ongoing ossification of the island's architecture.
The Guggenheim’s ramp unravels into the Promenade as a sequence of
public spaces connecting Manhattan and Queens,
Astoria and the Central Park, and the diverse populations of New York.
Reclaiming the Manhattan Street as a Public Space
What is it to be in a city with no cars? How do streets look like? What new kinds of urban space could emerge?
|The New Metropolitan Workplace|
Rails and Subways are unveiled and integrated into the network of public space.
- The Guggenheim-Astoria Promenade connects the extramural Queens with The Guggenheim Museum: an unexpected connection that links the highest and lowest income brackets in the city, as well as a specter of linguistic and ethnical communities. The Promenade results from the connection of a set of re-configured blocks that whose interior has eroded to allow for public access and a new range of public architectures.
- The Jersey-Empire State Promenade connects New Jersey with the Empire Street Building through a network of public spaces between 31st and 34th Street. This Promenade hypothesizes the future of the metropolitan workplace by connecting an armature of public buildings and a commercial axis through large-scale public spaces that re-discover and celebrate Manhattan’s unique rail and subway infrastructure.
The notion of urban “erosion” is generalized into a vocabulary of operations, or “toolkit”: removal, inversion and implant. These operations are used as tools to unveil new networks of public space inscribed in Manhattan’s distinctive grid. This results in a “toolkit” for operating radical reformulations of the urban grid to create both a new local/communal street (in 88th St.) and a metropolitan workplace (34th St.). The result is radical yet contextual; a site-sensitive architecture of the public.
|Manhattan 88th street Promenade .|
|88th street promenade plan|
|34th street promenade plan|
|Manhattan 34th street Promenade .|