As part of the Under Over Out studio (taught by Marc Kushner and Jurgen Mayer H.) Parker Seybold created a gif that animates Paul Rudolph’s Lower Manhattan Expressway “LoMex” from 1970 and layers it onto a Google Maps perspective of the neighborhood today. In comparison to Rudolph’s proposal, Vernon Roether’s “Collage section mash-up of the Highline, the street and the Delancey Underground” explores the possibility of underground spaces to be reactivated following the model of the High Line.
Roether asks, “What does it look and feel like to be underground in NYC?” in order to reframe the potential of underground spaces. (photos from nytimes article)
Connecting the unused underground space to the rest of the city is a focus of many of the students. Seybold’s research of the site around the unused trolley terminal underneath Delancey Street studied the traffic patterns of coming on and off the Williamsburg Bridge.
The diagram above visualizes the 24 hour traffic volume (data from NY DOT)
blue = westbound traffic
red = eastbound traffic
24 hours of Manhattan traffice from the Williamsburg Bridge on January 27, 2012.
The site is connected to transportation infrastructure in multiple ways and plays an important role in helping people move throughout the city and neighborhood. Historically, the Williamsburg Bridge has been a significant node between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
1906 Williamsburg Bridge Plaza - GIF by Jodie Zhang
Given the incredible complexity of the site, the studio will be working with the MTA and the Delancey Underground as well as well as the Center for Urban Realestate (CURE) to envision the future potential of the site and the surrounding neighborhood.