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Reclaiming Public Spaces in the City

My intervention focuses on creating vessels that host bodies and aggregate in a multitude of ways. Partly to agitate the deceptive orderliness of these policed spaces, and partly to offer renewed opportunities for respite, play, protest, community, and shelter, the vessels take over parts of Zuccotti Park and One Liberty Plaza, disrupting and bridging between the two POPS delineated by the popular Broadway spine.

Harkening back to the tents that proliferated across Zuccotti Park, the organic forms and modular qualities of these vessels allow for repetition, and the modules can proliferate throughout the site and be employed at various areas on and in between other POPS and public spaces depending on need. Using crane printers to 3D print the structures out of local soil mixed with water, fibers and a binder, these structures can be 3d printed virtually anywhere, giving people agency over these spaces.

Variations in elevations respond to privacy and allow shelter underneath. The pods are flexible, some containing emergency bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens, others simply offer shade or shelter. Forms that extrude from the ground are occupiable in non-prescriptive ways meaning people can occupy them, sit on them, draw on them, skate on them. The intervention is meant for the marginalized community who do not feel welcome in these POPS as a way of reclaiming the space. This includes youth, homeless people and activists. Diversity and democracy cannot exist without public spaces that force people of different identities and backgrounds into the same space, requiring them to coexist and be tolerant of one another.