Jian Zheng

Jian Zheng

New York, NY, US


Art School in Future Submerged Manhattan

Art is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.

In future, Manhattan will be submerged and we intend to design a flexible ramp, to turn the ‘flood crisis’ into art movement. Our art school utilizes cross-discipline and public participation to provoke art production. Introducing water into our building by the ramp system, two kinds of movement: water and people together become the inspiration for creating art.Existing art styles will be mixed in the art laboratory on the ramps, while generic art school programs on two sides accommodate other programmatic functions easily. The ramp connects into the urban transportation systems, so that the public can participate in art production while transferring across transport networks.

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Status: School Project
Location: Manhattan, MS, US
My Role: Design of the whole program, plans & sections, interior collages, renderings, booklet.
Additional Credits: Partner: Yinxing Xu
Professor: Bernard Tschumi