As to not seduce myself with my own imagery, I have began the conceptual sketches using my left hand. This way i am drawing purely what immediately comes to mind without the pressure of aesthetic appearance.
i began with an abstract exploration of the space between the building and the billboard. I want to activate these spaces, whether the become a kind of facade renovation, a long hidden path of a building of its own.
i wanted to break the wall of imagery apart. make space for people in times square to see into the architecture that lay behind the billboards, as well as allow for views out of the building into times square.
I thought about how the building facade can begin to interact with the billboards allowing for views both in and out, as well as open up a possibility for exterior terracing.
as the exterior terracing idea expanded, it started to become its own building mass.
if you take architecture; subtract program, imagery and specificity, add intuition, context, the collective, and emotion, what do you get? without program and visual aesthetics, how do you make architecture?
looking to the site context for inspiration, i found i could begin to spread from my building plot and create a path that connects all of the spaces, both imaginative and real, with each other, the architecture behind them, the urban space in front of them that is times square, and become a hidden, behind the scenes, unconventional, counter culture tour of times square.
360 degree view of times square
i want to locate all of the possible spaces that can be occupied, on top, in front and behind billboards. From there i will see how long of a path i can actually create in comparison with how long of a path i need and want.
the red areas are spaces that are of interest to me in terms of my ‘space between.’ with the black still representing the current billboards. there is a base of paper mache newspaper to indicate that there is some kind of relationship between the ‘space between’ and the public space that is now times square. both areas are full of information, however, the newly created ‘space between’s’ information isn’t as easy to read. whether it be because it is of a more subversive nature or quite literally because the spaces within my project are hidden at first glance. or maybe because the information is selected by the public or a group of people as apposed to a large corporation that force feeds you a basic, banal, bright advertisement.