This is Newark Design Investigation


Client: Newark Dept. of Planning / Office of Mayor Corey A. Booker
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Total Floor Area: Varies by Site / Configuration
Budget: TBA
Year: 2009


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Open space for all.

With a dearth of community centers in a city severely wounded by neglect since the mid 60's, an opportunity for Newark's people to share with one another through culture and community activities is at hand. Local farming, markets and open activities are a way for us to learn from one another, and cultivate common interests and priorities. Combining outdoor space with architecture and landscaping or 'Adver-tecture', this system can be implemented in many configurations and scales while remaining with core design principles, materials and details.

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Reuse of vacant corner lots.

Blighted corner sites often become short-cuts in struggling neighborhoods; abandoned stores or filling stations are replaced with less than desirable activity. With the 'Town Square' solution, empty corners are now filled will public activity, music events, educational interface and real community that 'stitches' the street fabric together.

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Built with local materials. Creating local jobs.

The design ethos is that of true sustainability, where reclaimed materials are key for economical construction. Less waste is produced, time is saved. Local jobs are created.

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Observation towers to pinpoint key architectural sites in Newark

What is often overlooked about Newark as a major urban center is the majesty of its architectural treasures and landmark sites. Echoing adjacent industrial factories, lift bridges and other landmarks along the Passaic River; new observation towers and parks can once again uncover and celebrate these important sites. With a nod to their hardened surroundings, they help bare Newark's hidden pastoral soul to nourish its people.

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Creation of new parks

New parks and public spaces can be created with unused brown fields to unexpectedly positive results.

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Program / Construction Diagram

Illustrating all materials, construction methods, strategies and sustainable systems included in the design. As always, the goal is to create these interventions with local materials and labor to create local jobs.