From the site visit, I have notice that the buildings that have scaffold are taken down whereas there is a shift of scaffold erection towards the east side of DUMBO. So after the successful development of the historic area, developers are now targeting the east area (which I have also added a new layer to my site drawing in yellow line)Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 8.39.21 AM

When i visited the site, I have noticed the area was very well developed. It successfully turned the once deserted/isolated place into a friendly neighbourhood. Meaning they are experience another gentrification phase. Talking to some of the waiters, they stated that this place is for the wealthier people. Then I wondered, how are the artists going to support their living if they were to live within this expensive area. Then through interviews, they said that some of the artists have sponsors. That is why I can see many artists working alone in a huge ground floor studio as I walk along the street and also there are artists working on first floor.

However self supported artists who wish to share a bite in this area weren’t able to rent a studio within the historic area. Instead many of them manage to rent lofts at the east side of DUMBO (which is the developing area). If the east side of DUMBO continues to develop, it might push these artists to other places (these are the community that contributes to DUMBO’s posh and hip culture).



Toby’s question:

1. Project name

Scaffold: re (Folding) the community

2. Issue

Shift in nature of scaffold from temporary to permanent. Every buildings above 5 storey have to erect scaffold for inspection.

To challenge scaffold for a new purpose, changing people’s perception of scaffold as an eye sore.

Shift of artist community. Gentrification of a wealthier community.

How scaffold can provide a cheaper alternative for the contributing artists. Allow them to share a place in this costly living.

3. Proposition

Like an archaeologist, digging layers of history, layers of potential.

Looking into joints and material details of scaffold and develop new potential of construction.

Layering the past, present and future erection of scaffold, looking at the history to predict the future trend of scaffold in DUMBO.

4. Language

Archiving a series of sketch models to study it joints, material, strength.

Collages and drawings to study the history and future trend of the site.

Both are related to my initial concept of layering.

5. References

The Death and Life of Great American Cities – Jane Jacobs

Brooklyn By Name – Leonard Benardo

Brooklyn: An Illustrated History – Ellen M.

Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavillion

6. Site

The site is in DUMBO, mainly focusing within the historic area. The was once fluorished with artists that makes the place so hip that it became a tourists attraction. When developers start regenerating this historic site, gentrification of a wealthier class pushes poorer artists outside the historic area and settle in the area just across the street.

Now there is a trend of developing the area where the artists are living which might push this community to a further place. Soon, DUMBO will lost its identity, becoming another commercial area.

7. Materiality

Probably steel construction derived from the majority scaffold construction in US


The community of DUMBO (family, retail, pedestrian & artists). Haven’t particularly selected one yet.

9. Provocation

Most probably be a proposal. A topic that has not been addressed and wished to challenged it.

10. Presentation

All working models and drawings will be compiled into a tabloid-like-portfolio.

11. Space

Not decided yet


For the cross crit, I will be displaying my portfolio pages. It will be competed to the site data collection stage.

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2 thoughts on “update

  1. I like the title of your project and your answers to the questions are great and quite provocative in terms of a vision for the neighbourhood. However, it would be good to not stop at just site research for the cross-crits but also have the beginnings of a provocation or a proposal on how scaffolding creates a new territory for artists to inhabit within the area. You need to take a critical position on gentrification – is it good in terms of transforming the area into a destination for people to visit? Or is it bad since it is driving out the local artist communities or forcing them to find a sponsor or benefactor to remain in the area? Does this mean that the nature of the area will change once the artists leave/ their work is controlled by an outside force? Will this homogenise DUMBO to make it similar to anywhere else? How does your proposal address these questions and concerns by making the temporary permanent? Does it allow artists to colonise the new space afforded by the scaffolding as a new form of installation or studio? For tuesday it would be great to show us how the scaffolding could be re-purposed as a permanent space – even if it is through a drawing in progress. How do you hybridise the materiality of the scaffolding to work with the existing steel structure but perhaps add another more permanent material to the floors, walls or some other element. Do these spaces even have floors or walls? Lots of questions but its only because it is a rich beginning and its worth pushing the proposal to get as much feedback as possible on Tuesday! Looking forward to seeing how it develops – keep going!

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