• Water Camping

    NYC Water Camping
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    Pratt Institute
    critic: dragana ZORIC

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    mandi FUNG and courtney OLMSTED: Water Camping seeks to bring an experience atypical to an urban lifestyle (to camp, to live in a temporary structure outdoors) to the New York City waterfront. It is to be considerate of both ends of the spectrum (the urban and the outdoors) as one is not fully outside of the city. Elements of both are cross-fertilized to create a new understanding of the urban environment. In addition to that, the Water Camping experience is unique because it takes something traditionally grounded (to camp, to make an encampment) and replaces the ground surface with a variable element, the surface of the water.

    Camping is typically an outdoor recreational activity where the participant (the camper) takes themselves out of the environment they are accustomed to. We are proposing that water campers will take themselves both out of the grounded environment by bringing them on to the waterfront as well as taking campers out of their known urban environment by experiencing it in a new way. Campers can stay in floating mobile tents, serving as campsites, where they can be surrounded on all sides by water.

    The project is sited on the South Street Seaport at Pier 16. However, it is to be understood as part of a larger network of campgrounds located along the East River. Campers can move between sites and through this movement can experience the edges of the river and the city.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    Personal experiences of camping, the National Park System, the Metabolist movement (esp. Kenzo Tange’s Tokyo Bay Project), Das Park Hotel in Austria, Constantin Brancusi, Reyner Banham

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    Reading: Richard Brautigan’s ‘Trout Fishing in America,’ Edwin. A. Abbott’s ‘Flatland,’ Toshia Shibata’s ‘Landscape 2,’ Locating Helsinki (
    Listening to: Pixies, Broken Social Scene, De La Soul

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    Herri and Salli Architecture, JDS Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects

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    • Jeanne Tran Says:

      Refreshing idea, like it very much!!!

    • francisco morales Says:

      Project of great quality and imaginative.

    • Ian Carr Says:

      fly concepts excellently executed!

    • raja PATEL Says:

      Wait, what is being fabricated? Plywood lanterns? This is boooooring.

    • Justin Ahn Says:

      Raja Patel, your a moron

    • raja PATEL Says:

      No, YOU’RE A MORON.

    • Alex Cheong, P.Eng. Says:

      A very renovative idea.

    • ricki-leigh malaguti Says:

      this is amazing!! very creative! what a great job with a lot of hard work 🙂

    • Dr. Philip Cheung Says:

      Excellent idea, Mandy! I like it very much. Here in England, a lot of people live on long, flat bottomed boats on canals, all year around. So, at least the concept is practically possible.

      Next step, I want you to be an engineer and think of how to provide and facilitate life on water. You also need to review Archimede’s Principle and how to keep the camp afloat, at its most weighted moments. You also need to think of life jackets. It’s important that you get these things right, for the project to be successful. Best of luck, I am with you all the way !

      Warmest regards,
      Dr. Philip Cheung.