Jonathan Crisman

j@jonathancrisman.net +1 213 255 5812
Los Angeles, CA

 

Turf Selvage

/ August 2010

Large Stage Rendering, with Stacked Seating Large Stage Rendering, with Stacked Seating
Material Details, with Physical Model Tests Material Details, with Physical Model Tests
Riverfront Boardwalk, Lounge, and Small Stage Riverfront Boardwalk, Lounge, and Small Stage
Large Stage and Lounge Elements Large Stage and Lounge Elements
Close Up of Lounge Elements Close Up of Lounge Elements
Stacked Seating Elements for Large Stage Viewing Stacked Seating Elements for Large Stage Viewing
Full Site Aerial View Full Site Aerial View
Site Sections with NE Watersports (Top) and SW Retail/Lounge Are Site Sections with NE Watersports (Top) and SW Retail/Lounge Area (Bottom)
Site Plan Site Plan
Small Stage and Waterfront Rendering Small Stage and Waterfront Rendering

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Turf Selvage is a proposal for park infrastructure at the East River State Park in Williamsburg, New York City, that can serve as a outdoor concert venue in for the summer Jelly NYC concert series, as well as as a multi-functional lounge, path, retail, and seating element throughout the year. Taking the lo-fi road to indie fantasy, the proposal plays of the notion of selvage -- the edge of a fabric that is woven to avoid fraying -- though its use of common, low-cost materials around the periphery of the site in order to give the park cohesion. This takes the form of a site-responsive, undulating wood decking, similar to skate ramp typologies, in combination with synthetic grass variants to produce a multiplicity of programmatic spaces with maximum efficiency. The effect is akin to an inverse theater in the round, transforming from play zone, to boardwalk, to concert venue, while the center remains an untouched void, serving traditional park functions and providing an open space. The thickened periphery acts as a continuous "stage" upon which every interaction is a performance to be seen.

For: JELLY NYC
Team: Adrian Yim, Jonathan Crisman