Following up from the tutorial on Tuesday I wanted to develop the roller coaster relationship between Coney Island and Manhattan.
I thought about the route it may take and the connectivity. However, given that the distance in real terms is some 20 miles, the scale has been proving difficult to represent.
This was my first group of aerial images, but to show the route and relationship with threads similar to the subway route model I did previously won’t have the impact it needs. However, it may be good to use for a master plan/overview of future development of the roller coaster being fed back into Manhattan. This could be developed with ink/trace drawings, photo imagery.
I then thought perhaps to focus on Coney Island/Brooklyn route and relationship. Again this scale seems too big to show the intent to the viewer.
I then decided to just extract some aerial views of Manhattan the transition and Coney Island. This works better, but it doesn’t have the wider context with which to place the areas, although this could be complimented with an inset for location. This is by no means finished, it was just a trial to see what will work.
The images are not particularly clear and so I wasn’t sure whether it would be better to ink/trace the detail to get better contrast, or to give them context as an underlay.
As the previous trials didn’t seem successful, or achieve what I had hoped, I thought I would look at a sectional relationship.
This long section seemed to work better in showing the relationship from Coney Island through Brooklyn onto Manhaattan. It shows the varying scale in terms of levels and perspectives given weaving through the boroughs. The overall length of this section is A1, but the height is not even 100mm, but its form is similar to that of the film strips embedded in my Coney Island drawing.
I want to develop or improve a plan showing the relationship of the roller coaster through the city, but I think that in terms of representation and scale I need to focus on Coney Island itself in order to produce a plan at a scale which can show the intent clearly and how this can then be developed.
I would like to have a plan which evolves like a parti diagram, albeit with a physical element/collage. This will show the roller coaster in its entirety with the architectural process integrated into the overall design.
I was thinking that the 3d views, sections and views I presented of Manhattan will need to be produced for Coney Island and they will become the underlays to develop with texture and materiality.
Coney Island has many vacant plots ready for development but also areas with varying scale. It is ready for innovation. As discussed on Tuesday I see the roller coaster route evolving around the existing vacant plots and having new branches and links to new/future plots.
The redundant links of the roller coaster already forming part of the built environment could be reused. Promotion of self build projects utilising the structural systems as a framework for a development , or sustainable practices like food growth or solar collection would all be viable. Where not viable, they could be utilised as a recreational backdrop, either way they would not be redundant or insignificant, just as the Parachute Jump and The Cyclone both still have a presence on Coney Island, so too would the redundant roller coaster links. This is something I will look into more when I have resolved the spatial diagram relating to the phases of the route, as these will have a bearing on the primary structure and therfore, the lifecycle or reincarnation after decommission.