Plus Pool

Plus Pool

Plus Pool

 

 

Image source : http://www.pluspool.org/
Country United State
City New York City
Name Plus Pool
Date 2000
Description of the project ‘Reclaimed water’ via proprietary technology to allow for social reclaiming as a space for human activity at large scale. Plus Pool, was first proposed in 2010, it’s a floating pool with the ‘World’s First’ filtration mechanism to remove bacteria and contaminants through the concentric layers of filtration materials that make up the walls of the pool itself – leaving 9,000 square feet of clean, safe and swimmable river water in the pool.

“Like a giant strainer dropped into the river, + POOL is designed to clean up to half a million gallons of water every single day. The layered filtration system incrementally removes bacteria and contaminants to ensure nothing but clean, swimmable water that meets both city and state standards. No chemicals, no additives, just natural river water.”

Location to be determined – will be in East River close to downtown Brooklyn.  Final site selection is set to be announced later this year, and completion is set for 2019.+Pool (members

+Pool (members of Family New York and PlayLab), external partners helping with design (ARUP, IDEO, Columbia University etc.); little involvement from City though to scale it up; working to get permits etc. but ‘getting permission’ rather than partnerships.

Environmental reclamation: reclaiming dirty water and reclaiming underutilized space (similar to ‘opportunistic proximity)

Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Weak
Pooling Moderate
Experimentalism Moderate
Tech Justice Weak
Project Website http://www.pluspool.org/
References, sources, contact person(s) info@pluspool.org

New York City

Times Square Alliance

Times Square Alliance

Times Square Alliance

Image source : https://www.timessquarenyc.org/

Country United State
City New York City
Name Time Square Alliance
Date 1992
Description of the project Times Square used to be gridlocked with yellow cabs and black S.U.V.s., it had no square — even though, for decades, pedestrians vastly outnumbered motorists passing through the area: 90 percent of the users were being squished into just over 10 percent of the area. This was also the case for cyclists who since the early 90s chose this same very spot in Times Square to raise their bikes over their heads and claim for safer bike infrastructure – bike lanes, bridge access and green infrastructure that most cities around the world already were enjoying.
Eventually, after much persistence, a big portion of Times Square is now an auto-free zone. The pedestrianization of Times Square was the flagship to get many of the city’s parks and plazas in far better shape than they were before, but reclaiming space alone is not sufficient to create the sort of vibrant public plaza we’d all like. That requires real stewardship. Civic culture needs cultivating and curating. Unless we do so, public space can become a public nuisance.
The Times Square Alliance was founded in 1992, it works to promote the creativity, energy, and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life. In addition to providing core neighborhood services with its Public Safety Officers and Sanitation Associates, the Alliance promotes local businesses; encourages economic development and public improvements; co-coordinates numerous major events in Times Square (including the annual New Year’s Eve and Solstice in Times Square celebrations); and advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning and quality-of-life issues. The Alliance is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, accepts tax-deductible contributions, and is governed by a large, voluntary Board of Directors.
The Alliance’s public space programs are aimed at improving the street level experience, reducing pedestrian congestion, encouraging high-quality private-sector design, and exhibiting exciting temporary public art – reinforcing Times Square’s status as the Crossroads of the World.
Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Moderate
Pooling Strong
Experimentalism Moderate
Tech Justice Moderate
Project Website Times Square NYC : https://www.timessquarenyc.org/
References, sources, contact person(s) Times Square NYC : https://www.timessquarenyc.org/

Contact : Info@TimesSquareNYC.org

times square

You watch them play chess on a table. The pieces move, but is that all that is visible? We walk through a park and there is a presence larger than just the greenery and the sight of others walking past us.There are aspects of city life that are invisible, marked by the contours of the city, but ephemeral, inchoate, malleable, capable of much change. One of these aspects of city life is the spaces and resources that are shared by city residents, where it is hard to exclude others from such sharing. These sorts of spaces are the commons, and cities and city life depend on them greatly. Parks, rivers, greenways, community gardens, bike lanes, chess tables, even bus stops, are obvious examples. But even more private spaces offer a sense of the commons, such as the excitement and intensity of social life in a street market, or a cafe.

There are aspects of city life that are invisible, marked by the contours of the city, but ephemeral, inchoate, malleable, capable of much change. One of these aspects of city life is the spaces and resources that are shared by city residents, where it is hard to exclude others from such sharing. These sorts of spaces are the commons, and cities and city life depend on them greatly. Parks, rivers, greenways, community gardens, bike lanes, chess tables, even bus stops, are obvious examples. But even more private spaces offer a sense of the commons, such as the excitement and intensity of social life in a street market, or a cafe.The commons rely on the invisible to make the visible valuable. In this sense, a park is not simply the addition of greenery with families, pedestrians, dogs, and strollers. It is the social practices that enmesh and weave together the way this commons is used. Without these invisible

The commons rely on the invisible to make the visible valuable. In this sense, a park is not simply the addition of greenery with families, pedestrians, dogs, and strollers. It is the social practices that enmesh and weave together the way this commons is used. Without these invisible infrastructure the commons would not exist. In general, parks discourage litter. People using the park try to accommodate one another (even in a city as busy and impersonal as New York City). Different uses aggregate into shared practices– rollerblading, bicycling, sitting on a bench, playing chess…

Recognizing the invisible then, ultimately, is a call to respect the mysterious and many ways that we, in cities recognize and adapt to each other. But it is not only this heeding of the other– it is also an opportunity to make the invisible a basis for further sharing, so that slowly layers of urban life are gradually uncovered, and further shared among all of us who inhabit these spaces.

Loisaida center – Street Festival

Loisaida center – Street Festival

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Image source : http://loisaida.org/ Logo source : https://www.facebook.com/LoisaidaFest
Country United State
City New York City (Lower East Side)
Name Loisada Center – Street Festival
Date 1979
Description of the project Founded in 1979, the Loisaida Center is the oldest Puerto Rican nonprofit organization in the Lower East Side. Since then, its mission has been to address the “social and economic disenfranchisement of poor, low-income, and working class residents of the Lower East Side.” Every year, the Loisaida Center hosts the Loisaida Festival, which attracts over 18,000 visitors. The Festival celebrates Puerto Rican and Latino culture through music, food, and the arts. It began as an event for the community and has now grown to attract visitors from all over the city. It also serves as a platform to disseminate critical information regarding education, health, or other public interest information to the neighborhood.

Since 1987, the Loisaida Festival has been celebrated on the Sunday before Memorial Day. This is the largest ethnic community pride festival in the Lower East Side and grows annually in impact, attracting between 15,000-25,000 people each year.

Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Moderate
Pooling Moderate
Experimentalism Weak
Tech Justice Weak
Project Website http://loisaida.org/loisaida-festival/
References, sources, contact person(s) http://www.loisaidafest.org/home/overview/

Social center Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/TheLoisaidaCenter

Festival Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/LoisaidaFest

Contact : info@loisaida.org for the social center, and for the festival festival@loisaida.org

New York City

El Bohio/CHARAS – A Contested Community Center

El Bohio/CHARAS – A Contested Community Center

Image source: https://www.villagepreservation.org/2021/05/06/celebrating-chino-garcia-co-founder-of-charas-el-bohio/
Country United States
City New York (Lower East Side)
Name El Bohio/CHARAS – A Contested Community Center
Date 1977
Description of the project The building of the former Public School 64 was made into a community center, known as El Bohio/CHARAS, beginning in 1977, led by the community organizations Adopt-a-Building and CHARAS. The grass-roots transformation of the unoccupied building was part of the Lower East Side’s reclaiming and revitalization by community members. El Bohio became a thriving space for arts, culture, fitness, and youth activities. In the words of the website Place Matters, “[El Bohio’s] special significance is in its identity as a public building, dedicated to the revival of community and of cultural survival.”
El Bohio/CHARAS is currently fenced off and not used as a community center; its status is actively contested. It was auctioned off my Mayor Giuliani to a developer 16 years ago, and has been the focus of activism to return it to community use.
Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Moderate
Pooling Moderate
Experimentalism Weak
Tech Justice Moderate
Project Website
References, sources, contact person(s) Read more about the struggle to return El Bohio / CHARAS to community members at the links below: http://www.sohojournal.com/content/Save-Landmarked-former-PS-64CHARAS-El-Bohio,

https://www.villagepreservation.org/2021/05/06/celebrating-chino-garcia-co-founder-of-charas-el-bohio/ 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/nyregion/fight-over-charas-community-center.html 

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