Times Square Electronic Garden
May 10th 2016
Global Design NYU, Gallatin, Tisch ITP, Terreform ONE, Sponsored by Time Square Alliance and NYCxDESIGN
The “Times Electronic Square Garden” project is meant to initiate a conversation about climate change, energy use and green urban spaces. Designed and fabricated by New York University students, this earth bomb features speakers and live sensors among the plants that connect to our URL. The idea is to “re-nature” Times Square so that the public can contemplate new natures within our cities. We invite people to explore soothing living vegetative surfaces and recognize the stark contrast of their hyper-electrified surroundings. The students have designed and built an open central sphere for visitors to circulate through so that they may encounter a microcosm of hanging gardens. Around the sphere there will be a greenscape of serpentine living benches for rest, gathering, and contemplation. The whole project, start-to-finish, will be erected and removed in a 24 hour period. It will be a place to reimagine Times Square’s consumer culture into a truly sumptuous environmental future.
Co-Principal Investigators: Mitchell Joachim, Louise Harpman, Peder Anker. Film Media: Keith Miller. NYU ITP: Namira Abdulgani, Kylin Chen, Ella Dagan, Jordan Frand, Michelle Hessel, Renata Kuba, Gal Nissim, Isabel Paez, Tigran Paravyan, Lutfiadi Rahmanto, Leslie Ruckman, Abhishek Singh, Edson Soares, Katie Temrowski, Jed Watson, Yan Zhao, Yang Zhao. NYU Gallatin: Theo Mandin-Lee, Jordan Marks, Max Mezzomo, Valerie Mu, Shel Orock, Alex Selz, Henry Wang. NYU Staff: Karim Ahmed, Jenny Kijowski, Nicholas P Likos, Lillian J Warner, Matthew Tarpley, Shandor Hassan.