I went to the FDR park, as well as a pocket park facing it on the Manhattan side. The pocket park was interesting, if you didn't go to the edge of the obviously dead end street, you wouldn't see the access to it. It was almost depending on prior knowledge, or one's willingness to explore to find it, which I really liked. I think the residences nearby were wealthier, based on quality of construction, age, and upkeep, and the people who were using the park (and large-scale sandbox) were relaxing, not taking a ten min break, or passing through. It was hard to see from the island, almost merging in to the many metal and concrete walls which make up the Manhattan edge at that point. This furthers my belief that access is a point of contention for NYC. What people are permitted to be where, with land/space so spare and precious, is yet another hierarchy which NYC uses to define its populace and social strata.
This is one of the postcards depicting New York, but the direction shows the park, if you know what you are looking for!
The staff member told me that Khan was aware that the end would need ramps to fit the ADA guidelines, but refused to alter his design, or let it be altered by designing ramps, he created a space which may not be used due to the legal system we have in place. That is a very distinct choice as a designer, and I think if he was so set on that, perhaps he should have blocked it off entirely. Since he didn't, there are ropes and poles which must be there to prevent admittance to all, unless the park places either temporary ramps over the design, or permanently alters the design after the fact, to add permanent ramps. His design is now going to be altered either way, so why not own that, and make the change? Design as a means for exclusion is a very dangerous this to use in common spaces, especially if you want to spaces to last into the future.
The lawn is not rectangular, but more of an oblong triangle (See the map above in the pamphlet). The staff member I was talking to said that this was an intentional illusion in the design, meant to be seen from the specific vantage point he pointed me to. I don't know how well known this is, but I didn't see anything about it in the guide, was this something you saw when you were here?
The pavers are as you know from a specific quarry designated by Khan. Apparently there is a storage of spares for repair purposes, which is a very important part of the upkeep of a design which has such specified materials. I know of at least one major park design which has been made a patch-job of the original design due to paver failure, and the cost of remaking new units. So hearing that they have plains for ensuring a continuation of the most likely system to deteriorate during use provoked me to look at the design in a new way. How will it hold up during use? What is likely to break? How will you fix it? Or is your design just one that starts perfect and goes downhill from there? Someone thought of that. Good job.
Visiting the 9/11 memorial was very exciting because I've heard so much about the site from my previous professor so finally getting there was fun. Seeing the the spots where the towers fell was at first fun, mostly because the people within the area were taking selfies and playing on it. After getting into the museum the mood changed to a quiet and respectful tone. The museum did a great job in portraying their message. After leaving the museum I felt the whole site was different, and I think that was the point of the museum being in between the two. Overall, I'd imagine anyone who did the same trip I did through the museum would feel the same. After going through the memorial I went to a nearby pub and the pub's walls were covered in patches and fireman jackets from the day, a nice way to end the day.
The postcard that I picked up was found at the 9/11 Memorial through the various kiosks present within the area. This is the only postcard that can be found throughout the area, which brings about the question of how many people purchase this exact card daily. It also makes you think about how the 9/11 Memorial has become a touristic icon and people pay for postcards of these spaces for memorabilia.
The postcard was bought in the bookstore near the parsons school of design, because we were going to visit the school. The special image on the postcard grab my attention, so I bought it instead of others with beautiful views on them. This image is like a invitation of tourists before they climb up the steps and enjoy the New York city.
Translation of poor writing:
Greetings from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, our first stop today, where we spent some time coordinating our group visit this Sunday..
Our second stop was at the Whitney Museum, where we checked out the Biennial. Great work, we especially loved the gun triggers by Puppies Puppies (see photos below).
One of the best spaces this week is the relationship of the High Line with the Whitney's outdoor entrancce plaza--perfectly calibrated!
See you tomorrow morning at 9am
Puppies Puppies, Disembodied Triggers
Another amazing piece: each of these 16 square grid cubes is hand-carved from a SINGLE piece of wood--amazing craft!
Interesting that on our day off, we still managed to walk 8 more miles. Looking forward to meeting at SCAPE's office tomorrow morning. Only 3/7 days left on our trip!
Central Park is one of the staples of New York City. In particular, Central Park was used in many of the post cards that I encountered throughout the day (I should have taken photos of all of the Central Park post cards from all of the stands that I passed by that day). It is perhaps a "generic" postcard from New York City. This post card attracted me because I have yet to experience Central Park during seasons other than summer. Coming from San Diego, California, I did not experience seasons until I got to Syracuse in August 2015. This photo of Central Park captures a visual and spatial affect that I have yet to experience.
A photo of the post cards section inside the Strand Bookstore (Union Square). I visited this bookstore after dropping by the Parsons architecture student exhibition, with Ray and Ethan.
I purchased this card because I thought it was interesting, in that it is printed on very thing wood with continuous wood grain as opposed to card stock paper. As this was the day off, I just wanted to say, cheers!