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Sleep in the Flatiron District can be considered a great luxury. With more than $250 per night is needed for a room in any hotel in this area, temporary resting spaces are so rare that many have to sleep on subways or public benches. As Jonathan Crary mentioned in 24/7, sleep is becoming increasingly optimized and invaded by non-stop activities along with the private spaces of daily life. This project focuses on creating accessible, temporary resting spaces, to bring sleep and the space for sleep back to the city as a new opportunity for collective activity. There are three types of potential sites I’m interested in: water towers (roofs), fire escapes (exterior walls) on and existing hotel rooms (interiors). A module is designed to engage with each of the three prototypical sites and provide a cozy and expandable environment for sleep. The interiors of the modules are designed with ergonomic surfaces and covered with soft materials. Combining modules in different ways create new continuous and collective interior and exterior spaces within and around the modules. By implementing these modules throughout the site, one is able to create a more rest-friendly city.