What next for public space? Public Horizon, August 2011, a panoramic pavilion in lower Manhattan for imagining new civic spaces.
To activate this structure, designers from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Barnard and Columbia Colleges Architecture Program were invited to create site specific-installations that would test out replacements for traditional public space. Designs offered speculations on the spatial and regulatory framework for collective communication, participation, leisure, access and expression. Members of a selection committee–Gavin Browning, Jeannie Kim, Geoff Manaugh and Felicity Scott–chose four winning schemes from 30 entries submitted in a fast-tracked Request for Proposals process.
The four winning proposals are:
All proposals will be exhibited at Studio-X New York in October (see below).
Public Space 2.0
Irene Cheng, Brett Snyder, and Jesse Ganes
A public forum for discussion about regulations over public spaces in New York City.
The Ubiquitous Public
David Zhai and Simon McGown
A network of multiple publics and spaces linked by live webcams.
Trent Letcho and team Arup (Raymond Quinn, Cesar Sanchez, David Rife, Mike Skinner, and Phil Carter)
An urban sound experience that engages the listener by re-contextualizing familiar sounds in an unexpected location.
The Old Social Media
A public letter writing initiative to tell your elected officials exactly what’s on your mind.
Design proposals were created by:
Dan Taeyoung Lee, Austin Smith
John Szot, Jennifer Chang
Jocelyn Oppenheim, Ken Farmer
Jake Matatyaou, Momo Araki, Kyle Hovenkotter, trevor Lamphier, Luisa Mendez
Vasilopoulou Paraskevi, Fanou Paraskevi, Avramopoulou Sophia, Papaemmanuel Dafne
I Love NY Garbage
Severino Alfonso, Sebastian Grogaard, Michele Bruno, Michelle Pereira Rivera
Let’s Meet, No Screen
Paul Tse, Steven Tsai, Xander Shih-hah Lu
Mazdak Jafarian, Frederic Levrat, Malika Yapa
Alexandra Gonzalez, Anna Gabriela Callejas, Carlos Osorio
Panorama Web Field
Da Yeon Kim, Eunki Kang
Park (The Final Frontier)
Teel Lassiter, Omar Morales-Armstrong
Pixel by Pixel
Evan Bauer, Keith Kelly, Rachel McCaslin
Post Your Bills
Rachel Barnard, Michael Blancato, Bernardo Garcia, Pey Lung
Roula Salamoun , Bruno Zalum
Show Me Your Weiner!
Cody Zalk, Rodrigo Zamora
Maya Rafih, Katherine Malishewsky
Tahrir Square in New York
Mark Collins, Toru Hasegawa
Alejandra Navarrete Llopis Carlos Minguez Carrasco Marcos Zotes-Lopez
To see the original call for proposals, see here.
We exhibited all design proposals for the Public Horizon installation as mini-panoramas at Studio-X in conjunction with Open House New York.
Public Horizon is a temporary, open-air panorama that unfurls possible images of public space into the outdoor space of downtown Manhattan. Visitors are invited to view the panorama while lounging on new furniture pieces which augment the function of existing park benches.
• Project Sponsors: The Hudson Square Connection
The Hudson Square Connection’s mission is to put Hudson Square on the map by capturing the spirit of innovation that is thriving in the buildings and to bring that energy and creativity into the public realm. By enlivening the streets, and creating a green connected and environmentally sustainable community we will address the neighborhood’s most pressing issues. We are developing a comprehensive streetscape improvement plan to provide us with creative solutions to better manage traffic, create more and more usable open space and green our streets. By transforming our sidewalks into a pedestrian-friendly environment while at the same time increasing open space, we plan to strengthen the connection between the street, retail and other ground-floor activities. http://www.hudsonsquarebid.org
• Institutional Partners: Studio-X
• Project Organizers: Erik Carver and Janette Kim, Director, Urban Landscape Lab