Counterproposal for a Gateway

Responding to a competition prompt, Chinatown Gateway speculates on the nature of an "urban gateway". Taking the competition organizers at their word, what would such a defensible edifice look like in New York City?

The project utilizes standardized security objects, the concrete bollard, to separate the occupants from the street. Rather than replicate specific cultural aesthetics, the project simply provides a safe platform for socializing, shaded by a mirrored periscope providing clear views of approaching pedestrians and cars.

In short, the project is completely socially appropriate-able, yet physically impregnable.

Galen Pardee is Drawing Agency: a design and research practice based in New York City.

Currently, he teaches at Columbia University GSAPP; he was the 2019-2021 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Galen holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, and a BA in Politics cum laude from Brandeis University.

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