Fernanda Azevedo, a top notch Brazilian architect in our Architect-US Job+J1 Visa Program last time provided us with her project called The Harboring Island to the Portfolio Challenge. Fernanda was able to attain a grade 7/8 at Politecnico di Milano for her MArch Thesis. Currently she is working at Relativity Architects as a Job Captain in Los Angeles, and she guides her career by the following statement, “The way we design our communities play a huge role in how we experience our lives and, although the shrinking sense of community across America has been widely discussed, many proposals outlined about how to bring us back together.”
Since the location nowadays is situated in a “blank page” inside an island and according to the urban freedom of its surroundings, the concept of “creating” monuments is based on defining strategic central spaces that can be recognized by the community as spaces of encounter and interaction. This can be achieved by giving character to the built and by resultant, to the void. By making these spaces specials and well defined, the perception of these new urban centralizers can be seen differently and help to give new references to the neighborhood, acting as “new monuments”.
The main path, known here as The Cultural Corridoio, is a ten meter length pathway that connects the two extreme points of the neighborhood. In all its extension landscape is brought together, building a green pedestrian way that connects the three main piazzas. Since the main buildings in the masterplan are cultural related, the corridoio serves as an open exposition “room”, defined by the walls of the surrounding buildings.
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The urban strategy focus in the creation of monuments of permanence, as discussed by Aldo Rossi in the book The Architecture of the City, the main concept of the urban strategy relies on the design of qualitative local spaces within the new Roosevelt Island’s neighborhood.
Returning to the axes rotation points, the intersection of grids are where the pedestrian fluxes collide. Based on this analysis, three main piazzas were built from this collusion.
The first piazza, the Manhattan View Public Piazza, is placed right next to the Smallpox Hospital Pathway Gallery, serving as a lookout point to Manhattan’s skyline and as an addition sitting spot to the Glassbox Art Gallery.
The second piazza, the Open Events Piazza, is placed right next to the main neighborhood canal and in front of the Roosevelt School of Arts. It serves as a sitting space right next to the river central pathway that cruises in the centrality of the neighborhood.
Fernanda Azevedo created this beautiful work with Archicad, Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design and Lumion.
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Images by Fernanda Azevedo
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