From Barrier to Catalyst

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Submitted by

Richard Hyun-Soo Kim, RK Architecture
Flushing, NY

Summary

“From Barrier to Catalyst” seeks to re-stitch separated urban fabric by transforming the boulevard into pedestrian friendly destination. Due to its linear nature and strategically located pavilions, the central promenade connects with broad neighborhoods, engendering a sense of belonging and pride of place amongst the local population.

Description

“From Barrier to Catalyst” seeks to re-stitch separated urban fabric by transforming the boulevard into pedestrian friendly destination. Due to its linear nature and strategically located pavilions, the central promenade connects with broad neighborhoods, engendering a sense of belonging and pride of place amongst the local population.

By merging inner lanes with underused local lanes, an opportunity for a central promenade is created, allowing a significant reduction in the time needed to cross the boulevard. The central promenade is constituted by two bicycle lanes, open/green spaces and a series of functional pavilions.

One of the key elements of the proposal is a series of pavilions located along the promenade. Similar to the method of healing by insertion of thin needles at specified points in acupuncture, different types of pavilions at specified locations engender public activities and fulfill local needs.

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