Garden Wall

Publisher:
Manhattan
Publication Type:
Artefact
Citation:
2009
Issue Date:
2009-01
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There are more than 6,000 sidewalk 'construction sheds' throughout NYC. While the current configurations of scaffolding have proven functional, cost effective and widespread, they are however, dominant aesthetically displeasing structures within the urban landscape that use dated technology, have no kind of site specificity, and frequently operate as obstacles in a city where pedestrian movement is essential. The question then that this research posed was 'how can these sheds be re-imagined?' Rather than replace the vast quantity of scaffolding currently used on these sites, Garden Wall re-examines this typology, developing a strategy for adaptive reuse. Garden Wall attempts to re-appropriate the existing system, integrating lighting and plant life acting as an auxiliary system that develops a manageable module which reinforces the current sidewalk structure and controls the visual impact. Similar to temporary traffic dividers, the modular blocks are developed using a "rotomoulding" technique designed to efficiently produce moulds that have proven durability, flexibility, speedy production, and a wide range of colour options. Each unit is lightweight in assembly and transport, yet can be filled with water to add weight and stability. Integrated LED film lighting illuminates the units at night providing necessary interior lighting. The Garden Wall unit was designed for the flexibility of multiple configurations. A half-running bond configuration can produce a solid system in areas requiring a greater level of protection. The built-in planter box can include air-filtrating plants which bring natural light into the interior. If needed, the system can be produced in various colours allowing a level of branding for businesses that are concealed during renovations.
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