This is a photoshopped picture of mine of what a new sidewalk shed design might look like. Sidewalk sheds are temporary structures to keep sidewalks clear for pedestrians during construction work. This proposal intends to appeal to and engage with a great number of people in public space. The iconic human shaped figures are supporting the roof and communicate a sense of optimism and solidarity and at the same time they indicate that it is construction site where workers are doing their job. Given the fact that the figures can be illuminated, they add to a feeling of safety for pedestrians underneath the shed. It was my entry for a sidewalk shed design competition in 2009. Some texts above the figures would have made the proposal even more communicative. And showing the actual scaffolding on top would have made the images look more realistic.
These two crates containing a REK coffee table, have been sent to clients last week. One to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and one to New York, United States.
Twee kisten elk met een REK koffietafel, klaar om vandaag verscheept te worden naar klanten. Eén naar een klant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabië en één naar New York, Verenigde Staten.
Shop & Walk traffic light in New York City
People chilling on the tip of the Wilhelminapier in front of the former headquarters of the Holland America Line. It was built in the 1870′s for the company who brought a growing number of European immigrants to North America. It was transformed to a restaurant and hotel named Hotel New York in the early 1990′s and has become a modestly sized centerpiece in the large scale developments on the pier.
Mensen zonnebaden op de kop van de Wilhelminapier voor het voormalige hoofdkwartier van de Holland Amerika Lijn. Het is gebouwd in de jaren 1870 voor het bedrijf dat een groeiend aantal Europese immigranten naar Noord Amerika bracht. Het is omgebouwd tot hotel en restaurant genaamd Hotel New York in het begin van de jaren ’90 en is sindsdien een bescheiden middelpunt geworden in de grootschalige ontwikkelingen op de pier.
Facade of the New Museum of Contemporary Art at the Bowery in New York City. Museum is designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishisawa (Sanaa). The sign is made by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. According to the museum ‘the installation encapsulates the philosophy of openness, fearlessness, and optimism that surrounds the New Museum’s reemergence in the contemporary art community’.
NYC has hundreds of miles of depressing sidewalk sheds due to ever ongoing construction work. My proposal for a sidewalk shed design competition called ‘We Are Human’ aims to radiate the great sense of optimism and energy that characterizes NYC. It not only expresses the vibrant spirit of New Yorkers but also reminds us of the construction workers who keep adding the ‘NEW’ to New York. The illuminated human shaped figures will appear all over town and become an icon of the city.