People in Brownsville have a negative perception of their neighborhood and they do not interact with their extended neighbors. Our goal is to create interactions between different groups of people and change their opinion of their neighborhood. A critical point of interaction is at an intersection. The level of collision depends on how the corners are activated. In comparison to other corners, corners in Brownsville are underutilized and inactive. NYCHA turns its back on them. Entries to the campuses are between the streets. Green spaces on the campus corners are fenced off and not accessible. Corners in Brownsville are an opportunity for intervention to activate the intersection. Groups such as departments of New York City, local businesses and community partners will collaborate with designers to take over the corner spaces.
Four types of underutilized corners exist in Brownsville. The intervention compliments the existing amenities of Brownsville. The residents’ wants and needs are a place to meet, enjoy, gainand buy. By cross referencing the types of spaces, the existing land use and the needed type of activity, the result is interventions that will allow for change to be just around the corner.