For anyone who has been in Landscape Architecture school in the last 10 years, I am sure you are familiar with the plaza in front of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in lower Manhattan. I came across an article this morning that announced that once again Jacob Javits Plaza will be redesigned again. Initially, the plaza was home to the Richard Serra sculpture, Tilted Arc, but due to controversy, it was removed in the late 80s. The plaza was then transformed into a post-modern creation with memorable S-shaped, bright green benches by Martha Schwartz. From what I understand, the plaza is rarely occupied; which is hard to understand since it resides in the most densely populated City in the US. Michael Van Valkenburgh has been commissioned to redesign the plaza, as well as repair the leaky parking garage, which is located under the plaza.
This seems to remind me of another project located in downtown Denver, Skyline Park. Skyline Park was initially designed by Lawrence Halprin and recently redesigned by Thomas Balsley to make the site more safe and accessible. The debate continues of finding a balance between form and function. Functionality is truly KEY to creating a space for people.
Read the full article about Jacob Javits Plaza.