Brooklyn Plastic Hybrid

Students | Valeria Cedillos, Victoria Tsukerman
Faculty | Ferda Kolatan, Emilija Landsbergis
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

The proposed urban model consists of a civic initiative that integrates public space with an environmental consciousness through plastic recycling.

 The street functions as a framed open and public space that extends towards the interior of the buildings, densifying public activity and creating a new type of collaboration between the public and private programs of the building. 

As a response to the ecological crisis, lack of urban life and civic engagement within the site, the project transforms the traditional street into a vehicle-free public plaza, activating urban life for the community and making it an attraction for visitors.
The versatility of the tiles and vibrant color mixtures enlighten this Brooklyn street, with the opportunity to extend towards other neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The basement space for some of the buildings is reprogramed as a public workshop, which in this case, is used for a plastic recycling process within the block.
The integrated plastic recycling system consists of a small-scale industrial process which opens the opportunity of community engagement in which both locals and visitors can place their used plastic and transform it. The scale of the objects ranges from plastic filament to molded objects such as tiles. 
The street is made up of a plastic tile pattern produced in the basement workshop and combined through different iterations along the ground surface, and in some cases, it is extruded in multiple heights creating a dynamic and playful urban scenario.
Citizens play a key role in the recycling ecology of the system, and the integration of street, façade, and building evolve into social practices that densify urban life within the block.
The proposal brings new forms of civic interaction and community participation throughout the multiple stages of the system’s ecology while creating an active and sustainable environment. The hybrid emanates through the architectural elements and experiences that make up the project, an urban model that brings activity and civic life while creating environmental consciousness.