Columbia University GSAPP
Advanced Studio IV
Brief: Urban Islands
Critic: Nahyun Hwang
Automobiles and the infrastructure were once the symbol of prosperity. Today, the urban fabrics of modernized American cities are still composed by layers and layers of roads, highways, tunnels and bridges.
In New York city, the legacy of Robert Moses's monumental structures, the Triborough Bridge, has dominated Randall Island's landscape for almost a century. While it's viewed by many as a celebration of the of automobile, these highways are actually functioning as a visible form of the car movements. They've shorten the distance between cities, but segregated the neighborhoods. They are like hundreds of invisible walls, which divided the cities into a series of mini islands.
This project is interested in exploring the invisible boundaries in New York City, to further study how to use these invisible boundaries and the in-between territories, and to use this as an opportunity to generate logical and meaningful programs. These could serve the local residents and their needs, while improving neighborhood living qualities.