Block Party

Tim Bell
In a city as dense as New York, space is hard to come by. Block Party looks to maximize space and usage by hybridizing infrastructure and building. During rush hour the building stays compacted under the street, but expands to double the size during off hours. By taking over the street, Block Party creates a new landscape that responses to traffic patterns and gives locals ownership of infrastructure.
New York City contains numerous abandoned and underused spaces underneath the street. Block Party can utilize these spaces - often connected to the subway system or other transportation infrastructure - to act as storage spaces connecting one mode of transportation to another. The popups can be used to house bicycles, allowing cyclists to easily transition between bike and subway as the bike share program takes off and more bike lanes expand through the city. The proposal can be extended to cover other functions, including retail and temporary public programs. The result will be a new way of accessing the city, one that exists on a micro level and is constantly and spontaneously changing.

Timothy Bell 07The pop up spaces would be placed in unused underground spaces adjacent to subways

Timothy Bell 05These spaces can act as modules for storage and temporary commercial activity

Timothy Bell 02Some can be placed in the street as ways of redirecting motion flow

Timothy Bell 03Diagram of different module configurations

Timothy Bell 06Concept rendering of a popup