eConcourse, connecting to the world

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Maria Concetta Sangrigoli, Pierre Cattan, Elise Belkaïd, Damien Bobert, Bruno Cattan, Sandra Albertolli, Dan Benzakein
Paris, France

Summary

eConcourse is a public space that combines virtual and physical space. eSpace is a 60ft wide strip given back to pedestrians. Fifteen interactive eWalls line the Grand Concourse. People can communicate with 15 cities worldwide. The local community participates in decision making. Cultural activities are financed by eWall advertising.

Description

A hundred years ago, the Grand Concourse was a parkway connecting Manhattan to the large parks of the Northern Bronx. Tomorrow, it will connect the Bronx to the rest of the world. eConcourse is a public space project that combines physical space with virtual space, to foster global citizenship.

Bronx residents will be at the center of the process creating this public space, which will be carried out in several phases.
The first phase distributes the space in a more balanced way among users (pedestrians, bicycles, buses and cars). A 60ft wide “playground” strip is built using stabilized and planted soil. This is the eSpace. It will subsequently be upgraded in a process driven by local stakeholders. A 17’’x 5.5’’ grey cement slab will be used for all upgrades that require a hard surface: a single material that can be translated into many colors and finishes.

To connect the Bronx to the rest of the world, f¬ifteen 10x16 ft. interactive walls line the eSpace: these are the eWalls. Each eWall is connected to another world metropolis. The pedestrians of both cities talk to each other and interact. The eWall is a global medium, but it’s also a local medium that broadcasts neighborhood news. Cultural programming will be offered by local initiatives on the eWall, financed by ad revenue.
The pilot project will connect the Bronx Museum to the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris. Cultural institutions and private partners will be able to organize cultural events.

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