A New Cultural Community
The Park Avenue Residency Program
Long-term, this proposal envisions the “Park Avenue Residency Program,” an initiative to populate and activate Park Avenue with a constantly-evolving community of artists and creatives, directly engaging the arts, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural leaders with the district’s existing culture of commerce. Underwritten by the various corporate entities and property owners along Park Avenue, the Residency Program would bring the brightest creative thinkers together along this iconic New York axis.
Three spatial infrastructures would be needed to support the Residency Program: studio work spaces, exhibition and public engagement spaces, and places for the Creatives-in-Residence to live while in the program.
Inspired by Jefferson’s Academical Village and its ability to create an engaged community of creatives and intellectuals, this design re-activates Park Avenue’s centerline with a series of creative workspace pavilions – these “Magic Boxes” and the Green Garden that connects them – as a means to further engage, activate, and catalyze both the Avenue’s center and its existing edges with new public cultural programs.