Selected work by HaoChe Hung

Office of Street Improvement Programs within NYC DOT

HaoChe Hung, Theresa Yang, Hilary Ho, Candice Ji, Tomas Carrillo, Jim Lammers, Fukunda Mbaru, Kevin Tang, Jillian Solomon, Varisa Tantiwasadakran,  Sofia Vala, Mia Winther-Tamaki

Rhino, Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop)
Urban Planning Studio
GSAPP, Columbia U

2022 Spring
New York City

Full Studio Report 

CoScape: Revision NYC Open Street

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City’s streets, sidewalks, and plazas which are normally crowded and teeming with life, were empty and lifeless. The pandemic was anti-urban. It preyed on our desire to be together, prompting many to speculate that the pandemic was the end of cities. Despite this bleak outlook, something beautiful happened. From formal interventions like NYC Open Streets and Open Restaurants, to informal, bottom-up, changes in the use of public space, the pandemic opened the door for dramatic and creative reevaluations of what and who public space is for and how it can be used.

The studio aimed to reimagine what equitable public spaces could be in a post-pandemic world and sought to build upon the work done with the temporary Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs as they transition towards permanence. The studio ultimately arrived at strategies and interventions to ensure public space equity that focused on creating new and flexible typologies called CoScapes, supported by a place governance management framework and adequate financial resources. The studio was guided by the belief that everyone regardless of zip code should have access to open space and these spaces should be managed with openness, transparency, and community input.