In this specific case, 100architects was asked to explore the possibilities of inserting public functions and environments typically associated with urban parks within Times Square, in order to give a commercial twist to the current cityscape offered by the place to both, citizens and tourists. Basically, turning the Square into a more livable and enjoyable space with a strong urban character.
When thinking about Times Square, about how to occupy and modify the scarce available space, and how to create an impactful effect in a place already quite impacting by itself, immediately 2 concepts became the most representative, VERTICALITY and DENSITY.
In this era of fast-growing cities and hyper-dense urban environments, numerous theories have arisen around the concept of “compact cities”, about how to organize and optimize this density and diversity in a more effective way, in order to impact positively on cities’ spatial and ecological footprint, and improve their efficiency in terms of land, resources and energy consumption.
Vertical Times is a project driven by all this questions, and by the opportunities that appear from them, calling for an exploration of new ways of thinking and understanding urban public spaces, their new morphologies and the new roles they will play in future cities.
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