The Third Place
Topography as forms for play, performances, and subjugating interactions.
Designer : Tommy Yang / Design Critic : Eirini Tsachrelia
The Third Place
“Third Places” are set up to be an inviting hangout spots for communities. Coffee shops have couches, pubs stools, saloons people.
 Oldenburg, Ray. Celebrating the Third Place : Inspiring Stories about the "great Good Places" at the Heart of Our Communities. New York: Marlowe &, 2001.
Sara D Roosevelt Park located on the lower east side of Manhattan, is home to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The park has undergone many demographic, economic and physical changes since the early twentieth century.
Fairytale Landscapes a re-imagination of dreamscapes and performances, redefines our understanding of architecture not as an isolate and static object but as an interactive and flexible platform for everybody. The premise of the project builds on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of habitus, where the space and place that we inhabit are not empty containers. We inhabit spaces that has already been defined through a set of relations and over time these relations can change.
The objective of this project is to reclaim the unused playground space of the Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the site in a manner that will allow for neighboring community members to come and interact with each other. The project examines the creative possibilities of the intimate spaces created by two topographies of the architecture, the natural mounds and the roofscapes. By providing a space for exchanges of cultural knowledge, this project seeks to transform an ordinary and banal place into an extraordinary sequence of memorable and evocative venues.