Emily Moss and Carolin Mees Repurpose SCE Street Seats

Under a TEDC grant, BFA Architectural Design Director Emily Moss and Part-Time Faculty Carolin Mees repurposed SCE’s Spring 2019 Street Seats, originally located on East 13th Street outside the University Center.

The temporary installation was repurposed for the Moore-Jackson Community Garden, a half–acre site located next to high-rise residential buildings in the low- to middle income neighborhood  of Woodside, Queens. The Garden includes the  Moore-Jackson Cemetery, a colonial-era  family burial ground dating back to 1733 that became a designated NYC Landmark in 1997.

“Next Life: Repurposed by design” reconstituted the parts of the original, contiguous design to create individual zones of seating that respond to the new context. The scheme provides an opportunity for people to sit 6’ apart, in a direct response to the pandemic, and for people in wheelchairs to comfortably engage with the seating.


Moore Jackson Community Garden Installation

Photos by Carolin Mees

Original Spring 2019 Street Seats

Photo by Celine Hallier, BFA AD 20