Design Action Studio for Research, Architecture, and Urbanism
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Sunset Park Under/Overpass

Sunset Park Under/Overpass Brooklyn, NYC / 2009 with Travis Bunt, Seohong Min, Aren Bogossian, and Pedro Borges The ground condition in Sunset Park is defined by the interaction between the industrial fabric and the functionally and culturally isolated worker class. This project scales up from those individuals through the complex layers of garment manufacturing to the intricate network of the fashion industry—rewiring that system at a variety of scales. The physical demarcation of the site is anchored in the post-industrial artifact, with the ultimate goal of reactivating these remnants in the service of a new economic hub. The industrial spines and shells of Sunset Park offer a means by which to thread into the fabric of the community—the elevated Gowanus Expressway as threshold; the warehouses as identifiable knots within a fabric. Physical interventions along and under the expressway structure are inserted to create flexible, functional spaces to be used in both short-term [coordinated events; awareness campaigns] and semi-permanent [worker support and education spaces] capacities. Adjacent underutilized warehouses will be reprogrammed into a network of business incubators and industry training spaces, following [and expanding upon] the model offered by Manhattan’s Garment Industry Development Corporation. These steps would introduce an integrated system of educational, developmental, and supportive spaces into Sunset Park, ultimately empowering its working population and the community as a whole.

Sunset Park Under/Overpass

Brooklyn, NYC / 2009
with Travis Bunt, Seohong Min, Aren Bogossian, and Pedro Borges

The ground condition in Sunset Park is defined by the interaction between the industrial fabric and the functionally and culturally isolated worker class. This project scales up from those individuals through the complex layers of garment manufacturing to the intricate network of the fashion industry—rewiring that system at a variety of scales.

The physical demarcation of the site is anchored in the post-industrial artifact, with the ultimate goal of reactivating these remnants in the service of a new economic hub.

The industrial spines and shells of Sunset Park offer a means by which to thread into the fabric of the community—the elevated Gowanus Expressway as threshold; the warehouses as identifiable knots within a fabric. Physical interventions along and under the expressway structure are inserted to create flexible, functional spaces to be used in both short-term [coordinated events; awareness campaigns] and semi-permanent [worker support and education spaces] capacities. Adjacent underutilized warehouses will be reprogrammed into a network of business incubators and industry training spaces, following [and expanding upon] the model offered by Manhattan’s Garment Industry Development Corporation.

These steps would introduce an integrated system of educational, developmental, and supportive spaces into Sunset Park, ultimately empowering its working population and the community as a whole.

 
Urban Study Model: Engaging the BQE 

Urban Study Model: Engaging the BQE 

Demographic Map

Demographic Map

Urban Artifact Map

Urban Artifact Map

Under/Overpass Axonometric + Details 

Under/Overpass Axonometric + Details 

Final Proposal Scenario

Final Proposal Scenario