10 July 2006

The dance of people in public spaces [The New York Times]

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Grand Central notes
Last year architect and set designer David Rockwell was hired to design the “interior experience” (arrival, departure, retail space) of the new JetBlue terminal being built at JFK Airport, writes Jesse Green in the New York Times (as reported by Christopher Fahey in Signal vs. Noise).

Looking for a new angle on movement vs. environment, Rockwell took a strange turn: He hired choreographer Jerry Mitchell to help him.

The duo started out by looking at what they considered well choreographed spaces in New York, like the Grand Foyer at Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station, and Union Square.

The New York Times article “Passengers May Pirouette to Gate 3” (permanent link) examines the collaboration and takes a look at the dance of people in public spaces. There’s also an accompanying audio slide show that looks at the process and its results.

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