Times Square Electronic Garden

LEADERS: Mitchell Joachim, Louise Harpman, Peder Anker, Keith Miller.


COLABORATORS: Namira Abdulgani, Kylin Chen, Ella Dagan, Jordan Frand, Michelle Hessel, Renata Kuba, Gal Nissim, Isabel Paez, Tigran Paravyan, Lutfiadi Rahmanto, Leslie Ruckman, Abhishek Singh, Edson Soares, Katie Temrowski, Jed Watson, Yang Zhao, Theo Mandin-Lee, Jordan Marks, Max Mezzomo, Valerie Mu, Shel Orock, Alex Selz, Henry Wang. 

STAFF: Karim Ahmed, Jenny Kijowski, Nicholas P Likos, Lillian J Warner, Matthew Tarpley, Shandor Hassan.

My roles: Ideation, 3D modeling, fabrication.

Designed and fabricated by New York University students, this earth bomb features speakers and live sensors among the plants that react to visitors' touch. The idea is to “re-nature” Times Square so that the public can contemplate new natures within our cities.

We invite people to explore soothing living vegetative surfaces and recognize the stark contrast of their hyper-electrified surroundings. The students have designed and built an open central sphere for visitors to circulate through so that they may encounter a microcosm of hanging gardens. 

Around the sphere there is a greenscape of serpentine living benches for rest, gathering, and contemplation. The whole project, start-to-finish, will be erected and removed in a 24 hour period. It will be a place to reimagine Times Square’s consumer culture into a truly sumptuous environmental future. 

Timelapse by Kylin Chen