Author: Shermin Olia
Location: Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn, NY
The Atlantic Yards, Before Redevelopment
The Atlantic Yards are located in Downtown Brooklyn, surrounded by more than four different communities. The location is a focal point of various “boundaries” of land use, programs, income, race and etc. Now, there is a strong need for the new “Yards” to accommodate the differences and blur the boundaries by absorbing diverse life styles and cultures into the site. The 8-acre site has a potential to bring energy and vitality to the urban context and improve the quality of living. The Atlantic Yards development should be focused on the characteristic as an urban park or open space, while complying with the programmatic requirements.
The Urban Blanket
An 8-acre-artificial landscape; With a mix of a wide range of different programs contained either inside the “blanket” or in the “floating boxes”, The Yards would provide dynamic public spaces that would constantly bring energy to the area, ultimately acting as a catalyst that improves the urban condition.