Bastille Plaza Renovation
I spent the Spring semester of my 4th year at IIT in Paris. The site of our studio project was the open plaza at the southern edge of the Place de la Bastille. The program included a new restaurant and retail space, both open to the public; a cafe, accessible only to users of the metro station below the plaza; a new station entry on the site; and an open air podium, intended to encourage public speaking and debate, inspired by the speakers corner in London's Hyde Park.
While underutilized, the plaza had its share of regular users including skateboarders and subathers, drawn to site because of it's uniquely vast open space in an otherwise densely built up neighborhood. The goal of my proposal was to introduce the new program to the plaza while allowing the existing users to thrive.
The final presentation was done competition style. Each student prepared four 20" x 20" boards, and left the room while the jury selected the winners. I was chosen as one of the four winners. My final boards are on the Media / Downloads page.