42nd Street Reactive Ground

Tiago Ferraz Leal Torres Campos (Designer)

Research output: Non-textual formDesign


In 1999, NY-based experimental architect, Lebbeus Woods, presented the island of Manhattan in a completely unusual form. “Lower Manhattan”, an aerial view of the island with the East and the Hudson rivers both dammed, was a revelation of what we all should already know but tend to forget: that its buildings, streets, parks and infrastructure sit on a huge rock. As the architect once said, “Manhattan sits on the Earth”. It is rather curious how the renowned deconstructivist architect proposed perhaps one of the most significant constructions of all: that of the reconciliation of NY’s most iconic symbol – the skyscraper – with it’s foundation – the bedrock.
This competition is taken as an opportunity to reflect on these two important issues: first, on the importance of allowing the city to regain a relationship with its rocky foundation; second, on the significance of refuting the idea of street as road-channel, or even simply as a pedestrian channel with a light tram, in order to embrace a wider notion of street as a gathering place, an urban and cultural stage and an environmental facilitator.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventVision 42 Design Competition - Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Duration: 15 Sep 2014 → …


  • Manhattan, Reactive Ground, Anthropocene, Design Competition


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