// List

Test-Beds

// 2019 (In Progress)

// New York City

// Public Use

// with Samuel Stewart-Halevy

 

This research and design project, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, looks to recycle architectural mockups as a usable public infrastructure. Mockups are a byproduct of longer design research projects, and represent the increasing complexity of a city in the midst of active and elaborate development. They’re a sign, in other words, both of architectural waste and of urban growth; a curious hybrid that we wanted to capture by giving them new lives and new means of engaging the city.

The scale of many mockups aligns well with the various structures built in community gardens across the city—casitas, sheds, greenhouses, shade structures—which provide ideal sites in which to situate the fragments. Bringing the image of the growing city down to the ground allows the mockups to serve as double agents: humanizing the scale of the skyline and getting built into new forms produced through conversations around program and use. Ultimately they become new ambassadors that promise the unexplored potentials of development.

 

// Diagram

 

//Standard Time Frame

//Revised Time Frame

//Current distribution high-rise development and community gardens

 
 

// Case Study

//UTS window mock-up

//William B Washington Garden, window mockup as shed

 
 

//Hearst Tower facade mock-up

//El Jardin del Paraiso, facade system as casita

 
 

//Curtain wall performance mock-up

//Flower Door Garden, leaning curtain wall as greenhouse

 
 

//432 Park Ave Facade Mock-up

//Two Coves Garden, facade as planters and seating

 

// End