KEN SMITH WORKSHOP

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

URBANISM

ART

 PS 19, Queens, NYC

Start Date: 2002

Completion Date: 2003

 

The Robin Hood Foundation, client

The New York City Department of Education, client

Pentagram, graphic designer

 

above image - Albert Vecerka / ESTO

below image 1 - Paul Warchol

below image 2 - Albert Vecerka / ESTO

The project was conceived as a set of five prototypes, each addressing a typical schoolyard problem: the forbidding schoolyard fence, ubiquitous asphalt paving, lack of furnishings, lack of green space and lack of space for kids and classes to gather outdoors for reading and learning. The project is filled with common materials used in new ways, such as a long “cloud scrim” panorama printed on easily replaceable industrial fabric, which raises the eye to an always-blue horizon that’s visible from both the street and inside the garden. In the first phase bright round graphics were painted on the standardized steel temporary classrooms.

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