The vibrant community of Flatbush provides the absolute stage to celebrate not only the local cultural legacy of Flatbush, but of New York as a whole. The design intends to connect the public and private spaces through terraces that include playgrounds and urban gardens. These elements allow visibility of the whole project and imitates an urban theater and through this transparency, grants visitors and residents a view to the different shows that go on throughout the day serving as the people's stage and keeping all the various levels interconnected and grounded to the local culture and history of Flatbush through the partially underground Cultural and History Museum of Flatbush. An assortment of sizes, mediums, and forms of art surround the space, representing both the current and historic cultural identities of Flatbush. Standing as the center stage for all the action taking place on the site, the museum embraces the nearby existing house by making it the main entrance and using it as an emblem of resistance of the residents of Flatbush against new developments that duplicate their current living expenses.

170,000 SF
Brooklyn, NY
Bianca Abad, Daisy Acosta, Bangseh Akuchu, Sharod Bryant, Natalia Chavez, Matthew Denig, Chris Geng, Sean Li, Monica Magcalas, Paula Morales, Victoria Oolagun + Christian Waweru

FALL 2019

Flatbush, Brooklyn

The residents of Flatbush constantly face the threat of being pushed out by new developments that duplicate their current living expenses. T he biggest challenge of the project was to create a community in where the emblematic house on the site is celebrated as symbol of resistance against gentrification.