Massachusetts Institute of Technology / School of Architecture + Planning, 2018
Group: Jaehun Woo, Emma Pfeiffer
Skills: Rhino3D, Adobe Photoshop + Illustrator, VRay, Casting
Just add water.
Our People’s Pool is a watery ecosystem in which scalar relations and discontinuities do not imply geometric hierarchies or social order, but rather give agency to Coney Island’s public. At the People’s Pool, the imaginations of Coney Island’s public are given a site for enactment: just add water. This is a pool in three parts: an aggregation of built vertical and horizontal solids, a climate with all kinds of wetness, and the people that activate these systems. Rather than walls and structural elements that demarcate paths through the building, we have dissolved and recomposed such an architectural language into a field of solid and void.
At the People’s Pool, spaces are sized for a range of human activities and interactions. However, we seek to liberate such spaces from designation of the serving and the served, where notions of program and room are only implied. We foreground the notions of discovery and play by inviting the public to find their own way to engage with our pool and our architecture.
At the People’s Pool, the diverse identity and watery locus of Coney Island are interiorized. At our pool is a weather system that celebrates the people and the activities that it contains. This is a place to splash through puddles, conceal yourself in the mist, sweat in the steam, and bathe with your neighbours. Our pool is of Coney Island: our interior weather systems are created using rainwater and groundwater harvested on site, and the water and sweat is recycled and feeds into our ecosystem. Without the public’s activation, the system will not function. Here, we designate a place for the wetness that is central to the urban infrastructure of cities today, the geographic identity of Coney Island, and human recreation and communion