Dhruv Batra, Eleni Gklinou, Surbhi Kamboj
The project’s goal is to navigate Brownsville through a series of interventions to improve the residents’ perception and everyday life in the public and semi-public space. Open spaces are not scarce in Brownsville, but the accessibility to them is minimal, due to boundaries both physical and psychological. The strategies, to be gradually implemented on Sutter Avenue as a first experimental ground, attempt to ease the everyday transitions from public space to the NYCHA developments. The first intervention looks into the rigid yet permeable boundary of the fence. With a goal of eventually removing all the fences in the NYCHA developments, the first step to creating an enticing threshold, attracting the attention to public space. The second intervention deploys a grid structure in parking lots, which are not being used to their full potential, and hosts plug-in building programs revolving around social interaction enhancement. The third, long term intervention aims to alter the NYCHA developments’ ground floors, inserting new uses. The use of a modular system in the first two interventions is immediately correlated with the convenience and speed of its deployment and dismantling that quick solutions require. However, the permanent character of the third proposal calls for permanent solutions.