As part of a design charette organized by Baukunst Studio called SubSeries, we were asked to re-imagine a subway station in New York City. The work has been exhibited at the Festival of Ideas, Studio X Night School, and is available in print here.
Our proposal for the Marcy Avenue station in Brooklyn suggests shifting rail transportation to the edge of the street and allowing light to reach the ground by utilizing existing buildings for structure. In addition to preserving and renewing the existing buildings, we are increasing their density to integrate the rail system into a vertical public zone. This design aims to test a ground level which is free of vehicle traffic, instead allowing a free zone for pedestrian activity, bicycle paths, and farming to co-exist within an urban context.
Agricultural production extends vertically, using the new public space as a point of sale and consumption. The direct link to a transportation network allows for easy shipping, reducing the travel of consumable goods. This station aims to show how cyclical processes could make urban life not only more efficient, but more transparent in its localized production and use.