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The Public Domain _ Transformation of the Post Office

Privatization exposes racial, cultural, and economic polarization and allows us to identify the darker side of our society. Therefore, an architectural intervention is needed to reduce the social polarization caused by privatization.

USPS is on the verge of privatization. Therefore, the architectural strategy begins by bridging urban public infrastructures with the surplus space of the USPS to expand the public domain in response to privatization. It is to bring the High Line into the USPS Morgan Processing and Distribution Center in the urban context of New York. The High Line will be extended to the 4th floor through the USPS Morgan Center, presenting a new dimension of public space expansion. This new public space forms a green axis that extends to the rooftop of the building next door and Chelsea Park. And also, the hitherto closed USPS New York’s largest rooftop space and always-hidden government building from the public extend into the public domain. It is a strategy that connects the individual buildings that makeup part of the city with the city’s public infrastructure to form a close relationship with the city as a whole. Consequently, it’s a way to reunite and reconnect communities to the town for the public.