Mott Haven Crossing
Our proposal seeks to create an attractor for families that will give a renewed identity to Mott Haven.
Mott Haven contains a unique and varied housing stock that is currently undervalued and primed for private investment. We believe that the addition of a significant institutional establishment in the area would stimulate redevelopment of existing housing and generate new housing. Our proposal seeks to create the Google in Education Learning Center, an attractor for families that will give a renewed identity to Mott Haven through a public-private partnership with Google in Education. The project would introduce a state of the art educational facility that combines vocational training, continuing education and after-school programs. In addition, the facility would provide professional training in computer science and software development at the high school level.
Google has already made a large financial investment into NYC by locating its North American Advertising Sales Team and some of its engineering operations in an expansive facility in Chelsea. As one of America’s most successful and innovative corporations, they feel that an investment in vocational training and continuing education with a focus on coding and software development strengthens the communities in which they operate, fosters new talent, and generates a continually renewed knowledge base. In addition to providing initial funding and brand recognition, Google has pledged long term investment through mentoring programs, computer labs, research facilities and data tracking.
We believe that the open space in Mott Haven Houses holds great potential for development opportunities and have selected it as the ideal location for the vocational center. The presence of a new institution will transform the neighborhood and would de-stigmatize the housing projects. The vocational center would be designed to provide shared facilities such as auditoriums, computer labs and research labs to the public and other charter and parochial schools in the area. These resources would also be available to students living in the area but attending schools outside of the neighborhood via after school and weekend programs. For the area’s adult population, there would be workshops and certificated vocational programs.
Advanced Design Studio: Hadid
The studio began with physical studies using balloons and ‘constraint’ materials - resin, liquid latex and super glues. When the balloons were rapidly deflated, unexpected surface textures and patterns emerged. These textures were the impetus for surface, formal and structural explorations throughout the semester.
When harvesting surface articulation from the physical studies, two approaches were used, which yielded two distinct buildings. The stadium was produced from a singular unit comprised of a hybridized system of compression and tensile members. The tensile members spanning the center of the stadium resolved in multiple inner rings under which key program was positioned. At the perimeter, the shells performed as the outer compression ring for the tensile members to attach to while preserving the surface continuity between the two systems.
The second approach was to use the computer to try to simulate what was happening with the balloons in the physical world – the scale change, rippling, striations, coloration and juxtaposition of smoothed to wrinkled surfaces. We explored how platonic solids and spheres would react to negative pressure with applied line and point constraints. This process yielded an array of objects from which we could extract instances of intensity for further application in building form.