Sarah Frances Gill
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.
A City of Spheres
In architecture as in other intellectual disciplines, spheres and the attribute of circularity do not simply constitute one species of forms among others; they have always held a special status in the way they have been associated with the visionary and the spiritual, the atmospheric, and the sublime, as well as with the paradigmatic and the autonomous. It appears that a number of analogies can be drawn between the epistemology and the aesthetics of spheres, hinging on the notion of “interiority.” This seminar attempts to categoriz
W.I.C.K. – Wired Integrated Composite Knit
Wired Integrated Composite Knit combines innovative material processes with a technology delivery apparatus to create self-supporting, expressive spaces. Our contention is that through architecture we can stimulate a typically underprivileged social group. This young independent working class is not traditionally seen as the income generators for an economy, but that is now changing in a digital era. There is a sympathy between the specialized flexibility of the transient population and the implementation of a highly performative yet flexible architectural system. The manner in which a mobile, independent professional works and lives in a city served as an analogy for how this system operates within a building, on its own, or in a city. Our hope is that within this arid context of Las Vegas we can nurture a bit of social engineering through architecture.
The tax revenue from casinos and gambling on the Las Vegas Strip bankrolls much of the State of Nevada and City of Las Vegas, making possible the lack of state income tax and low property taxes attractive to relocating business owners. We propose the construction of variously scaled shared work spaces to attract freelancers in creative fields such as film, software and video game industries to develop projects in Las Vegas. These transient communities of creative individuals are - statistically speaking - already spending time on the strip as tourists and our proposal entices them to spend a little more productive time in Las Vegas.
The space generated by the W.I.C.K. system gives identity to a mobile and flexible user group through a prototypical, woven- pultrusion skin. This technology can accommodate services, structure and full enclosure through a flexible knit construction. The surface’s repertoire yields different volumetric possibilities while providing plug-in infrastructure. Our focus is on deploying this spatial amenity at a variety of scales to connect urban nodes and create a passively cooled, public, wired communal space for social collision in downtown Las Vegas.
Given the scalable nature of the W.I.C.K. system, it accommodates different uses and inhabitations. In its smallest iteration, the system creates a freestanding column, providing a seating surface and protective canopy. Arrayed throughout an existing space, the new W.I.C.K. floor, ceiling and vertical connections become wired, charged surfaces that deliver power supply, wireless internet, general and task lighting and radiant cooling. This spatial and material technology allows for leased or parceled space within existing structures to be renovated simply and efficiently without depending of the often unreliable or outdated structure and services of old building stock. This application of the W.I.C.K. system possesses great potential to adapt unused, light-industrial warehouse buildings or refresh generic office space in high rise construction to the needs of a new mobile, independent yet collaborative workforce. In its most comprehensive application, W.I.C.K. technology generates a free-standing structure with full enclosure and services provided by the system. It has the ability to collect data over time, which can be used to further refine the system with each iteration. The longer WICK is in use, the more it can learn about its users and how it needs to adapt to best facilitate collision. In all its configurations, the intelligence of the system is built into a single thread, distributed through the weave and made active through user engagement.