In anticipation of 18-month shutdown of the L-train, which would have affected 250,000 riders each day and increased the daily bike traffic across the Williamsburg Bridge, rePLACE worked on a feasibility study for a new cyclist support hub in the Lower East neighborhood. A range of options were examined in this study to support the predicted 5-fold increase in bike commuters using the Williamsburg bridge.
A year later, rePLACE further refined the one of the pop-up solutions for Trinity Real Estate for use in the Hudson Square BID area with the goal of enlivening the public realm and building a sense of community in this worker-centric neighborhood. These pop-ups were designed as a deployable-units (housed in 9 feet 6 inches high by 20 feet long by 8 feet wide shipping containers). The size of the units has numerous advantages, the foremost being ability to be placed individually or in groups in parking spots, or on wide sidewalks, or in small plazas. Each pop-up element has a different functional purpose, such as: commuter bike storage lockers and repair shop; local small food vendors stands; local artist gallery; and a special events venue.
The most important pop-up program element was community transparency hub; in these units, through a technology portal, local residents and workers would be connected to upcoming events and each other. rePLACE also designed a beta community portal app as apart of this project.