Future
Firm
Architecture &
Design Research

Cloud Junction

Location: Chinatown, New York
Client: Gateways to Chinatown RFP
Scope: Architecture (Competition Entry)
Progress/Year: 2017


Inspired by the Chinese word tong—which can mean both a “gathering space” and a “social infrastructure”—this project interprets the gateway as acommunity and city node. Cloud Junction is four big ideas. 1) Leisure Landscape: How do local residents use their leisure and green space? 2) Character Alphabet: Can a visual cultural identity be participatory and contemporary? 3) City-scale Connections: How can we connect Chinatown to other Chinese communities? 4) Sharing Small Economies: How can public space help to sustain small, community-grown business?

In collaboration with The Work Dept and Digital Datum Studio.
Mark