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Reclaim Derelict Infrastructure
By giving attention to neglected spaces, the interpretation of the infrastructure and its benefits change. The dingy spaces in highway underpasses and bridge on-ramps currently divide neighborhoods, but when illuminated, the perception changes. Light can bring transparency, to an otherwise daunting and even eerie space. Lighting the abandoned tracks amidst the elevated subways of Queens Plaza can provide wayfinding tools for vehicles. Another idea Sandro Marpillero and Linda Pollak of Marpillero Pollak Architects suggested was instead of the maze of tracks at Queens Plaza, creating a giant slab so it could provide a blank canvas that would be painted white and uplit, to illuminate the area. When focusing on the potential of these “corners of discovery,” public life can be revitalized through urban spaces revisited.
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CITY:New York City, NY
At-a-glance
How can infrastructure built as many as 100 years ago, be reevaluated through the lens of modern urban design to make these spaces more useful and aesthetically pleasing?
Creative Team
Civic Leader
Ali Mallick and Faith Rose, DDC, Emily Weidenhof, DOT
Year Presented
2011
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