Humboldt Street Plaza is an upcoming City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art project in Brooklyn. For this project, I expanded on my experience building site-specific social spaces that I call “perches.”
Perches are all about people and place, they are multifunctional (used as lunch spots or for concerts), offering a quiet vantage point from which to take in the surroundings, and are an architectural point of departure for social interaction. Perches are not static objects or sculptural displays. Perches galvanize people, and are a place for observation, contemplation and consumption. Even without people, perches still inhabit space, like a stage poised for action. This yet to be built “Plaza Perch” attempts to creates a pocket sanctuary, which is not static but an integral part of the proposed plaza and a part of the community.