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A Recycling-Leisure Center made from Disobedient Objects

Taking inspiration from the strong culture of public life in Manhattanville, this scheme is a leisure and recycling center under the 125th subway viaduct. The project is interested in subverting the western idea of loitering and examining what happens when objects–littered on the street are repurposed for leisure­– becoming disobedient. Historically, social movements show a compelling relationship between repurposed objects, protests, and leisure. The intervention is parasitic to the viaduct structure turning spaces into disobedient objects themselves. Programmatic objects are linked by catwalks turning leisure and recycling into a theatrical event. That voyeurism of seeing people engage in activities in a public setting is heightened by the tectonics of a transparent fabric draped over and around the objects. Overall, the project treats loitering, public life, and leisure on the street as heritage of the area to be preserved and instrumentalized to strengthen community identity and defy gentrification.