Gutter Grid

Competition

2011

Gutter Grid was a finalist in the Greatest Grid Competition, an International Ideas Design Competition in New York.
The entry was one of 10 Projects featured at Greatest Grid Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 2011.

More occurring storm surges, hurricanes, and rising tides recently have threatened the fluid relationship between the New York City grid and its edge – the water. The project proposes to not look at the territory of the city grid but the fringe condition encapsulating it. A sponge-like territory wrapping the city allows the existing grid to overspill in a controlled manner by protecting it through a thickened lining that soaks up unwanted water. This territory negotiates city and water edge to become an adaptable surface that aggregates into many subterranean bays that form a distinct figure around Manhattan - consisting of parks, parking and recreation.

Jury: Bernard Tschumi, Amale Andraos, Mark Robbins, Sarah Whiting