L A P S ( L i n k i n g A l t e r n a t i v e
P e d e s t r i a n S p a c e s )
O F T E A M
William Feuerman, Endriana Audisho
C O L L A B O R A T O R S
Interim Design (Sheryl Kasak and Idan Naor)
C O M P E T I T I O N
The Greatest Grid: A Call for Ideas
L O C A T I O N
New York City, New York
The language of the Manhattan grid has emerged from a rational organizational system and the forces of planning and economics on construction and development. Within this gridded logic exists a secondary system. This system is one of void residual spaces, sometimes found along a building's periphery or behind the building mass, that together can compose a series of discontinuous events and environments. These residual spaces[s] may be the product of zoning regulations, long ago demolished buildings, abandoned lots, or casualties of an ongoing economic crisis.
An opportunity presents itself for programmatic invention and a less restricted connectivity. LAPS (Linking Alternative Pedestrian Spaces) imagines these linked voids as an occupiable matrix, stitching together a new- yet already existing- system of occupancy off the grid. LAPS proposes to reclaim these voids as public space, a place to get lost. The voids can be activated in myriad ways, a public lap pool, a secret garden, a farmers market, anything! The individual spaces, transforming over time in reaction to the contextual variables of each site, promote new spatial relationships and discovery within the city.