The Interacted Joints
'Link the Urban Life'
Academic Work 2016
Critic: Songkai Liu
Inspired by the Manhattan proposal made by Raymond Hood, this work is an infrastructure project that can better meet the emerging demand for holding activities like the weekend market or exhibitions into daily life in New York City.
It aims to focus on the way of living, a way of how people can be really involved in life. Like a bridge, but more socially functional, the new building serves as an intermediary and allows for a chronological description of events. It has flexible floor plans that can be passed through. Plenty of activities occurring at the same time. Depending on future requirements, further infrastructure can be added to the existing structure, besides, part of the building can be movable. Similar to a furnished space, the spatial sequence can be adapted and changed as required.
Mapping part of Manhattan as the basic condition, the intersection's urban design qualities and document specific gathering places, land use, transit stations, types of surroundings and node of streets. And then classify the streets, choose the suited nodes in secondary streets as the sites of the infrastructure. The new bridge appears in the eventless grid of neighborhood, along the West Highway Site. The urban strategy is to reuse the space above the secondary street, visible from different directions by placing the bridges to penetrate the intersections of avenues and streets.
The design of the structural geometry of the 'bridge' which reacts to the different situational requirements. The structure aims to intensify the pedestrian experience and enhance the dialogue with the surrounding context.
Depending on the needs of the local community, it is a sport (elevated) platform, a vertical community garden, a space for the street art, city lounge, drive-in cinema, etc. Metaphorically, the new building can be considered the extension where you can experience the activities in urban life. The transparency of the facade invites citizens to come in, to walk into the building and discover new spaces, to stay for some minutes or maybe some hours, and to be part of something that was not there before.