A new typology of Museum that will anchor itself in the everchanging fabric around it by acting as a resilient platform that allows for the co-existence of the organic Chinese retail culture with the traditional art/institutional culture.
With clear signs of gentrification and increased blurring of the boundaries of chinatown in NYC, How might we rethink the future role of Museum of the Chinese Amercian ‘MOCA’ in the city?
What is it like being one of the oldest ethnic Chinese enclaves outside of Asia, At the same time, as one of the ethnically diversifying neighborhoods in Manhattan. one wonders how an area now associated with concepts of gentrification and difficulties of survival maintain it’s own curtural existence today?
Over the past decade ,Recent projects such as Essex crossings ALONG THE BOUNDARIES OF China town, on Delancy and essex street, are clear spatial manifestations of gentrification, that are beginning to infiltrate the chintaown region. destabilization of cultural and economic structure of a once robust social structure appears.
The New fabric and landscape is shifting to house new skyscrapers, and extensive mixed use projects, that have further blurred the boundaries of Chinatown ambigious. What we are proposing is a new home for MOCA the Museum of Chinese in America. As a platform for the co-existence of retail culture and art/institutional culture.
The institution embeds itself deeply in the existing context by disseminating its peripheral programs, such as retail and education, into its neighbors, while superimposing on the rigid New York block layout the spaces of typical Beijing courtyards. This new layout opens up the New York block, creating multiple periphery entrances that lead to an internalized nyc block promenade.
The Hidden dimension was a project completed at GSAPP, Columbia University with project partner Yuko Sono. The hidden dimension was exhibited at the Japanese Junction Exhibition of 2015-2016 in Tokyo, Japan.