The Union Square Park – Case Study Example

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The paper "The Union Square Park" is a perfect example of a case study on architecture.   THE UNION SQUARE PARK Introduction Union Square is around 130 years and among the oldest buildings in New York. It is historical having hosted several protests including Union Square is a center of gathering for commercial activities, a source of entertainment, labor workers meetings and protests, and political purposes. It also serves as a recreational site (Waymark 2005). It is situated at the meeting point of two great Roads within New York City the Fourth Avenue road, formerly the Bowery Road, and the Bloomingdale Road, currently the Broadway Road.

The Park has undergone a transformation to include the fifth street which now marks its extent (Map West, 2016). The Park is located at 14th Street on the Southern side and bound on the western side of the 17th street after the extensions. The Eastern side is marked by the dominant by Zeckendorf Towers, Consolidated Edison Building S. Klein. The Park was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates whose key role was for the north of Union Square.

The associates of the company assigned the contract were Christopher Gates, Rachael Gleeson and H. Nyunny Kim as the main designers. This essay would illustrate the professional development of Union Park as proposed by Van Valkenburgh. The essay also gives a brief description of Valkenburgh's work as an agenda that drove them (Waymark 2005). About Valkenburgh Michael Van Valkenburgh was born in 1951 and was raised in Lexington, New York together with his family. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science and later in Boston where he studied Fine Arts.

His architectural skills were learned at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champion from which he graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture. He worked until 1982 when he founded his own firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. His interest in design started during his early upbringing in which then agricultural setting and his education (Waymark 2005). He realized his ability to integrate newly learned methods into practical aspects that could be achieved and manipulated into real structures. He and the associates of the MVVA, Mathew Urbanski, Paul Seck, Laura Solano, and Gulliver Shepard, have worked and successfully completed a number of projects. Photo: Union Square Park North Playground Expansion (Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates 2006) The clients The great features of the Northern Union Park are attributed to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The then commissioner contracted Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to design the expansion on the Northern part of Union Square Park.


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