Master of Architecture
Public space in the American city is in a state of social and spatial indeterminacy. Situated within a sprawling aggregation of suburban back lawns, the redundant green space of the park appears as an absurd deformity in the Mega-Grid. Moreover, the myriad access points for mass media within the modern home facilitate collective experiences and public assertions of identity with unparalleled ease. The urban park, while providing a particular pastoral experience, is no longer the site of our collective life. This project proposes to redirect public and private capital to transform residential parks into alternative venues for collective media-event experiences offering a new scale of communality between the media room and the stadia. Through the deployment of infrastructures to Media-Event Hybrid Infrastructures, the Parks System can act as pastoral and spectacular bait, catalyzing an emergent collectivity by making public the latent spectacle within our domestic leisure activities.