Master of Architecture Thesis 2003
Supervisor: Mathew Bell, Associate Professor, Chair School of Architecture
This thesis is an attempt to construct a dialectical relationship between urbanism and landscape in context of the contemporary city. It explores the emerging relations between New York City and its park system in which Central Park and various city parks play a pivotal role in the re- ordering of the city. Manhattan is an example of opposition where the city and nature exist in entirely divergent conditions. While its grid organizes the city’s programs and allows ultimate freedom to architecture and movement systems, its landscape is allowed to wallow in voids, triangles and leftover blocks or in the case of the Olmstedian parks i.e. Central Park –to hold on to its idealized state and static neo-romantic appearance. This thesis proposes to structure a new urban condition where the city fabric and the landscape co-exist in a more complex but unified relation generating multiple events, episodes and variety- an urban prototype in Manhattan, New York, capable of integrating the landscape, infrastructural networks, ecology, street systems and immediate economies within the Greenway system. This thesis is interested in the planning and design of those nodes and linkages where the landscape threads through the cityscape as the next evolutionary stage of the city park to form those vital connections.
Full Document : Rethinking Central Park