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)
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).
1. Project name
Scaffold: re (Folding) the community
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Most probably be a proposal. A topic that has not been addressed and wished to challenged it.
All working models and drawings will be compiled into a tabloid-like-portfolio.
Not decided yet
For the cross crit, I will be displaying my portfolio pages. It will be competed to the site data collection stage.