The streetscapes of New York City's financial district have been an evolving part of the city for the past four centuries. This project recognized the need to address new security requirements as yet another layer in the complex, pedestrian oriented, public realm. Undertaken in conjunction with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York's Department of City Planning and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the project provides security and streetscape enhancements for the New York Financial District, including the New York Stock Exchange. Security requirements outlined by the NYPD Counterterrorism Division have been conceived as opportunities to enhance the public space around one of America's most iconic buildings. The approach resolves the apparent contradictions of enabling a vibrant streetscape while providing cutting-edge security in one of New York's densest urban conditions. Innovative security designs include sculptural bronze NOGO barriers that simultaneously replace bollards and provide seating and a new shallow-foundation TURNTABLE barrier that replaces intrusive clamshell barriers and reopens key view corridors. Built upon a thorough evaluation of the problem and careful coordination with many stakeholders, city agencies, and law enforcement officials, the comprehensive strategy knits cultural, historical and financial landmarks into the security plan.
AIA National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, AIA NY State Special Jury Commendation, AIA NYC Chapter Project Merit Award, AIA NYC/Boston Society of Architects Urban Design Awards, R & D Award Citation, MoMA Safe, Design Takes on Risk Exhibition
with Quennell Rothschild and Partners
photography © Paul Warchol & Rogers Marvel