The Space Beside the Skate Park
Architecture for Humanity installed a pop up in New York City for two weeks, creating an unlikely plaza next to a skate park and underneath the Manhattan Bridge. Called The Urban Web, it's a sensory, geometric, and eye catching design that draws residents into a space they'd otherwise overlook—one overshadowed by the bustling streets of Chinatown, the roar of the Manhattan Bridge overhead, and the highly trafficked skate park.
The inspiration to distinguish such a lot came after a renovation of the skate park itself. This past summer, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Architecture for Humanity added a new concrete slab, new obstacles, and skateable furniture inside the park. What still remained, however, were underutilized spaces directly outside the fence. So Architecture for Humanity decided to tackle this particular plot—empty save for a few trees and planting pots—and design it in a way that encourages community engagement, from both the skaters and the everyday residents just passing by.