Mott Haven, The Bronx
Amanda Chan, Aminata Seck, Jee Sung Kim
With a long history of high poverty levels and low employment rates, Mott Haven is constantly in need of a big change. The neighborhood sits within close proximity to Hunt’s Point, the world’s largest food distribution center, which causes many truck routes to weave in and out of the area, a system that is poorly regulated. Also several of the NYCHA public housing developments have “turf wars” which eliminate any notion of public safety and security on the streets.Our design proposal investigates the infrastructural system and networks that Mott haven are ensconced within. The scope of this design is to create a sense of identity for Mott Haven’s residents and mediate socio-economic division. Our strategy is expressed through our interest in street conditions and its aesthetic, performative and functionalistic qualities and capacity to vacillate between conditions of permanence and impermanence. We believe that by challenging the traditional role of the street, we could address several other issues that are hindering Mott Haven’s health problems as well as economic and social issues and that the true essence of this design proposal is expressed directly through that notion.
“The Bronx is RADIANT” is a series of three different interventions that address Mott Haven’s environmental, economic and social issues. The three interventions: a series of parklets, re-development of NYCHA buildings and a new waterfront campus will encourage economic growth and foster community interaction and participation.