- Roosevelt Park
A shifting landscape
- As an urban park in the densest city in the United States, Roosevelt Park needs to maximize usable park space. The park is also the longest continuous open space in lower Manhattan. Through understanding the overlapping programs that take place throughout the day at Roosevelt Park, came a scheme which proposes a series of sliding fences to reshape the spaces made by the linear park. This reconciles the various programs and groups which use the spaces, and reinforces the idea of simultaneous programs which conflict or interact within an urban park.
- The initial inspiration for the plaza came from the desire to emphasize the light and shadow conditions created by existing London Plane trees on the site.
An elevated walk traverses the length of the park, organizing and connecting spaces while allowing users to bypass some of the activities taking place. This walk also becomes the support for part of the fencing system. The elevated design preserves the existing trees on site by allowing structure to rest on posts, avoiding the root systems of the mature London Planes throughout the park.
The fencing system allows for flexible combinations of uses throughout the day.