• Expanding Convention

    Expanding Convention
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    Honorable Mention — $100

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    emanuel ADMASSU, DeMar JONES, & gary McGAHA: New York City’s transient nature makes it a territory of infinite complexities. But the definitive layout constraints of the grid, provide opportunities for horizontal and vertical expansion. The generic grid is reinterpreted as a platform to be appropriated according to the diverse needs of its inhabitants. In order to maximize the potential for change, the structure adapts itself to multiple possibilities.

    /// The casino
    Casinos typically function as introverted archipelagos providing an escape for tourists and residents alike. When we propose to integrate a suburban program within an urban context, there is a need to disperse the programs in order to allow the city to infiltrate and interrupt the monolithic program. We propose a dispersed casino that interacts with various programs, generating unpredictable hybrids and ambiguous relationships with the city at large.

    /// Javits Center
    By carving through Javits Center and extending the streets out to the water we are able to prevent it from continuing to act as an isolated island. These streets allow pedestrian traffic to penetrate through, providing some intimate public spaces and allowing the potential for programmatic autonomy between the different parts of the building. The gaps that are created by the streets will also be used to land the structural columns that support the mega-structure above.

    /// High Line
    The termination point of the highline plugs into a continuous loop that ramps up to one of the main casinos. This strategy not only extends the elevated park into the new development, but it also gives the public path a desirable termination point.

    /// The Superstructure
    By providing a structural platform for a series of spontaneous expansions, the Superstructure acts a zone of negotiation. The specific programmatic volumes are dispersed throughout this framework in order to establish new relational conditions.

    The proposed intervention works to provide new forms of public access that are as ever-changing as the city itself. This is primarily achieved by creating zones that respect existing boundaries, while simultaneously anticipating future growth. The new identity for the Hudson Yards stretches the city into the existing Javits Center and pier by providing flexible permeability at all scales of the intervention.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    eA, dJ, & gM: Yona Friedman, Atelier Bow-Wow, Drake, Francois Blanciak, Hypemachine, Mies Van der Rohe, OMA

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    eA, dJ, & gM: Reading Marvelous Possessions by Stephen Greenblatt, San Rocco: The Even Covering of The Field, Postproduction by Nicolas Bourriaud, Enduring Innocence by Keller Easterling, and Project Japan. Listening to The Weeknd, Gucci Mane, Teddy Afro, Shlohmo, Max B, Chief Keef, Ryan Hemsworth, and Tommy Wright III. Watching Enter the Void, Twin Peaks, The Daily Show; Gucci Mane, “Sometimes” (on repeat); xxyyxx ft. 2 chainz, “About You”,

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    eA, dJ, & gM: Julio Medem, SANAA, David Adjaye, Tinker Hatfield, Harmony Korine, Junya Ishigami, Gaspar Noe, Elmgreen and Dragset, Ramin Bahran, Benh Zeitlin, Christian Kerez, Julio Medem, Made in Sàrl.

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    Rendering and post production by: Mengyi Fan and Marc Moukarzel.


    mike SZIVOS: The idea of expansion is interesting in that it exists in other industries but is very difficult to implement in architecture due to spatial, budget, construction, scheduling issues, etc. As simple as this idea is, it is rarely implemented outside of the typical “addition” conceived by another team as a different design. This might be the perfect site as the waters edge provides a vacuum rarely seen in an urban setting. With the unique combination of real estate cost and a maximization in the vertical zoning envelope it might prove more economically feasible to expand into the water.

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