Regardless of its negative impact on the environment, it is hard to imagine the automobile disappearing from our cities in the foreseeable future. In recent years there has been anincrease in cycling as well as train travel, but the car is still the transport mode that keepshaving the biggest impact on how cities are shaped.And although modern-day economy relies hugely on vehicular transport (of either peopleor goods), the link between the two is often forgotten about. As a result, anything relating to traffic is considered in a perspective of maintaining, rather than improving. Cheaper is better.This is true not least for structures like public parking garages – they are generally seen as a necessary evil, and built as cheaply as possible. Problem is, since they are by naturelarge structures located in central areas of cities, they often become an eyesore for thegeneral public.Poor But Beautiful is looking for solutions to this problem. How can a parking garage be integrated with the surrounding streets cape, as well as serving a greater purpose for all those not using it to accommodate their car? To be a welcome addition to an area, as opposed to a large chunk of nothing that you pass by as quickly as possible.
Goal:The challenge of the competition is to design a multi-storey parking garage in the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Area in Manhattan, NYC. The structure should house at least 250 parking spaces.
Twist:In addition to car parking, the design should also integrate a secondary function. This can be virtually anything, from a bowling alley to a house for abandoned dogs, but it should be clear how and why it contributes to the overall design and/or the surrounding area.
Further considerations:Being a parking garage, participants are asked to strive for excellence in design andfunction, without relying entirely on potentially expensive materials and solutions.The design should benefit everyone - from a fictional client to the general public, via the actual user.
Location: New York, USA
Project Team: Louis(Yi) Liu, Naiji Jiao, Xiru Chen
CELEBRATE YOUR CARS, SHARE YOUR STORY
On average Americans spend 600 hours, or around 50 days of waking moments in cars a year! It is inevitable that these 7% of our lives holds many significant memories. Though cars are looked upon by environmentalists with disdain, cars are however also works of art. Furthermore, to many people, cars are an irreplaceable part of their identity and life. Behind every car owner there is an automobile, and behind every car there is a story. Every time period can be defined by the architecture as well as the mode of transportation. Therefore this parking lot creates a monthly space for people all over to share their stories, their passion for their vehicles, and a little piece of history. And when the inevitable time comes when cars are no longer needed in our lives, it is reassuring to know there is still a place that holds those memories dear.
TYPICAL PARKING FLOOR PLAN F4 - F8, F12
TYPICAL EXHIBITION FLOOR PLAN F3, F9 - F11
The parking structure is shared between the programs of car parking and car exhibition. The middle section is more dense on parking, while as the the exhibition space gradually takes over near the top. At the very top, the experience culminates into a party room that lets people mingle, and hold events.
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