URBAN DESIGN STUDIO II: The Regional Studio Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

[4]Group07 – Wasted Public Space Typology

The generic NYC’s Towers in the Park have an inefficient, non-active open public space that connects buildings. This
physical environment of the tower in the park does not encourage the expression and activation of public spaces for
community residents. The environment constantly stays static while demographics are evolving. The open space serves
as a pedestrian connection between the sites with only the housing towers as a destination point. The existing public
spaces do not respond to neighboring conditions and become boundaries and buffer zones for through traffic while
isolating the residences. The green spaces are fenced parks that are not accessible used only for viewing purposes.

The goal is to revitalize the spatial character for towers in the park with inefficient public spaces by creating a flexible
active infrastructure of programs that respond to local conditions and demographics. The ground floor of the landscape
becomes an agile infrastructure for public programs to establish and promote greater interactivity among inhabitants. In
consideration to outside neighboring networks, the re-surfaced Tower in the Park will also better respond to adjacent
contexts and allow for new and adaptable activities.

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