Core Studio I/2013.12
The project addresses the gap between the lack of urban activities along the perimeter of the Frederick Douglass Housing Complex and the highly active street fronts that surround the site. These activities are mostly commercial. From its development, housing authorities (NYCHA) placed a restriction forbidding commercial uses within its boundary. The project does not contest the restriction, but instead intends to reactivate the streets of the site through the introduction of public leisure.
With the intention of re-establishing “the new urban facade” which intervenes the existing commercial corridor with non-commercial comfort areas for our consumer society, the project proposes a series of leisure spaces all organized by fragmented oblique planes that are generated from manipulation of the landscape. The gesture of the oblique planes breaking apart the landscape maximizes its porosity to the surrounding as well as separates leisure spaces of various types of extroverted and introverted, outdoor and submerged, providing spaces their attributes of detaching and evolving the users and diverse spatial experiences.