Streetfest – Shifts

New York | 7000 sf | Competition - Public Space/Installation


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Competition Entry:

Sidewalk Sheds wrap building construction along our city streets. Derided as an urban eyesore, the sidewalk shed is also an urban icon, marking the continuous rejuvenation of the city. Today, more than 6,000 scaffolds are spanning one-million+ linear feet of New York City sidewalks. With more than three-dozen leasing companies supplying the scaffolds around the city, they are easy to lease and fast to assemble.   Relying on the functional design, modular system, and erector-set style framework of the sidewalk shed, our team redefines its functionality.  Our configuration erects a two-story structure in the center of the street, embracing light posts, engulfing trees along the sidewalk, and claiming urban furniture at the curbside as an integral part of the assembly. The resulting compact, yet rich, street-fair experience engages visitors in an exciting adventure, inviting exploration of a medley of festive activities under a single canopy. The Street Level Platform uses the metal scaffold for its structure, and plywood planks – i.e., scaffold walkboards -- raised a few inches higher than street level, as the flooring.  Booths are clad with aluminum walkboards of varying sizes, installed vertically as walls to partition the space for a variety of functions: places to sell, places to inform, places to eat, places to gather, including benches around a small interior courtyard, etc. Stairs punctuate the space, providing ready access to the upper level. The Upper Level Platform provides an openness that invites larger events such as concerts, movie projection, stage performances, meetings, presentations, and discussions. The expansive view shifts horizons. The Protective Skin is green Construction Debris Netting that wraps the entire structure, allowing streetlamps and trees to shape the roofline, containing visitors safely inside while offering new ways of seeing familiar landscapes. Exploring activities within this huge urban tent, visitors enjoy a festive vantage point from which to behold the charm of the neighborhood.