Zoning Plan developed on Experiencing Topography

REGAINING TOPOGRAPHY

Zoning Plan developed on Experiencing Topography                          

REGAINING TOPOGRAPHY 2000
Hell's Kitchen, NYC

PROGRAM:
Community originated redevelopment proposal to the City

PUBLICATION:
Hell’s Kitchen South: Developing Strategies, 2002
JAE, 5/2001
PLACES, Vol. 13:3, 2000;
METROPOLIS, Feb./Mar. 2000
OCULUS, AIA New York, 1/2000

EXHIBITION:
Hell’s Kitchen South, Developing Strategies, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NY, 2000


studio a/b was invited to participate in the design proposal on Hell’s Kitchen South (between 34th and 42nd Streets, west of Eighth Avenue). 

Our design injected a network of thematic trails that uncovered the drama and beauty of the site’s topography. 
 
Infrastructure for the trails provided missing links between isolated pockets of housings.  Minimal, realizable constructions corresponding to the trails, such as planted walkways, new pocket parks, the redesign of street fences, open views, and the introduction of traffic calming on one critical block, offered a friendlier experiences of environment.  Laying experiential trails overlay reached a Zoning Map proposal.