Liz Swanson and Mike McKay
Plug + Play centers on seven moveable pavilions that slide between neighborhoods along the Grand Concourse. Designed within a series of ecological landscape tracks that loop throughout the corridor, the pavilions deploy and activate space, providing electricity, services, and shelter for any event or program desired by the community.
We envision the Bronx as a continued local and national center of social, cultural, recreational and educational activities and exchange. Our goal is to capitalize on the borough’s rich history of innovation and creative energy by creating a place where transformation, positivity, and play are themes of expression. We envision the Grand Concourse as a celebration and showcase of the Bronx diversity and vitality.
Our design philosophy stems from the fundamental philosophy that architecture is a site-specific, social endeavor created to inspire human relationships. Thematically, this translates to an underlying concern for the study of landscape as a representation of collective identity. Architecturally, we share an interest in performative systems and strategies—an approach that emphasizes process-oriented events and community engagement as essential components of design.
Plug + Play envisions the Grand Concourse as a green pedestrian space of community and celebration, with vehicular traffic primarily shifted to the perimeter. The project centers on the capacity and event of seven moveable pavilions that slide between neighborhoods along the length of the Grand Concourse. Designed within a series of ecological landscape tracks that blend and loop throughout the corridor, the pavilions serve as deployable landmarks, able to shift, unfold and activate space, providing electricity, services and shelter for any event or program desired by the community. The project also proposes the Annual Grand Concourse Block Party, a celebration of the Bronx history and culture, which utilizes the connection of all seven pavilions within an active landscape at the Cross Bronx exchange.