R E S I D U E S I N R U S T
GSAPP SUMMER SEMESTER
Willets Point is a unique business incubator that provides jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities to diverse new immigrant populations from surrounding neighbourhoods. It concentrates on auto-related facilities in an area that is relatively shielded and separate from the residential parts of Corona and Flushing. Presently, there is a government proposal in place for Willets point, but it is met with bitter opposition from the immigrant community as it is going to aid and fast-track gentrification in the surrounding areas, devastating working-class immigrant residents. This project aims at capturing the story of this mini-blue collar economy by trying to retain them.
The project approaches this in 3 stages – Firstly, it focuses on the ecological restructuring of the land. Soil is treated and toxins are eradicated with polluted soil being capped, removed and isolated. Secondly, social structures are integrated into the existing fabric to serve the immigrant community. Lastly, the inevitable transition of the automobile industry into the hybrid & electrical phase is taken into consideration, taking a look at how the existing manufacturing industry can be repurposed to adapt to this change.