The city of New York, together with The Architect's Newspaper launched the competition with the intention to rethink and redesign 42nd street in Manhattan. The brief encouraged participants to provide new visions of a new pedestrianized version of the street, with a light tram solution connecting both rivers. The proposal focused on two significant issues: first, on the importance of allowing the city to regain a relationship with its rocky foundation; second, on the significance of refuting the idea of street as road-channel, or even simply as a pedestrian channel with a light tram, in order to embrace a wider notion of street as a gathering place, an urban and cultural stage and an environmental facilitator. The proposal was awarded a first prize and was exhibited in New York.
42nd Street Reactive Ground
New York, United States of America
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