Site Drawing in Progress
‘Once upon a Time in America’ – Sergio Leone
I wanted to look at Water Street in Brooklyn, just next the Brooklyn Bridge. I chose this site for two reasons, one reason slightly more prominent than the other.
Jane Jacobs talks about Brooklyn possessing a number of aged buildings that she argues are vital for businesses and artists etc. looking for premises which don’t come loaded with the heavy overheads of new construction. Apparently Brooklyn was great for this when Jacobs wrote ‘Death and Life of Great American Cities’, being an incubator for small business. Along with her other theories surrounding the conditions that give rise to active areas, sustenance in the built form over time and successful social conditions, I chose a site in Brooklyn which has a mixture of residential, arts, business and commerce, all interrelated elements and functions which express Jacob’s theories.
The second reason is that I saw the site on the iconic ‘Once upon a time in America’ poster. I’ve always thought it was such a beautiful image, so I was kind of drawn to it. Turned out it was also actually quite a decent site in which I could express the theories I’d been looking at.
I would like to layer up the different layers of use, of function, of age and appropriation upon the drawing shown by way of transfers and line drawing. So I will layer up planes of images over the facades, what they’re used for etc, and start looking at overlapping relationships and interconnectivities.