Towards Proto Public Gardens
The focus of this elective design studio is what can be called ‘pro-to-public’ space, a collective space not yet fully
crystalized. After a field research through softmapping, interviews and annotations, hidden aspects of the local
reality of Coney Island have been unveiled.
The attention has been focused on the dialogue between urban collective gardens placed on the western side
and the streetlife of the community around. Despite the proximity, each garden shows specific qualities. Inside
structure, dimensions and ethnical composition of the people involved are always different as well as the level of
permeability towards the public. The strategy starts from considering the most distinctive element per each
garden and re-elaborate it according to the specific necessities. The design process aims to respect the
spontaneous aspects and the informal features of these collective realities. The final outcome is a toolbox of
physical elements as well as a manual containing possible spatial layouts that allow people to define new
scenarios for their gardens. This concept doesn’t aim to be considered as punctual intervention but as an new
approach that can be applied elsewhere in the city.