New York City Zakiya Franklin | Peechaya Mekasuvanroj
The nature of our research entails social interaction and a means of stimulating it within a zone that lacks locations that do so. The category of activities that we test against are those that relate to leisure. In this sense, leisure is acknowledge as activities that take place when not engaged within work. Leisure is chosen to progress with because it provides a universal common grounds in which people of all cultural and social groups can openly interact. Areas that claim to provide locations for free and easy social exchange actually restrict the level of satisfaction one would receive due to rigid program. When it comes to quantifying the level of satisfaction, studies have shown that people receive a higher level of satisfaction with more informal programs. By introducing water and energy into the infrastructure, for gathering and social interactions, we increase the potential number of visitors, where different networks of people of groups can interact.
By this continuous intersection of social groups, the extent of potential users increase. In addition to creating an infrastructure that enhancing social interactions, it also connects the different zones within the site, zones that produce a separation between one another. The series of paths that create this linear network of circulation along with the informal programs of social articulation, bring residents and non residents to a mutual location that promotes interactions, in an attempt to blend the boundaries that have developed over time. Being that this infrastructure is one of the new areas within the city to induce such an effect, it becomes a mechanism to lure people to this part of the city, thus making it more popular.
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