MARL celebrates Governors Island as a place where ideas around common and collective space could be formed and explored. By virtue of its large scale, MARL is no longer a structure to be admired, but an infrastructure that aims to engage the public. MARL is a collectively owned public space, promoting engagement with the material—from painting, climbing, moving, or photographing—and encouraging actions that in other New York public spaces are highly controlled by private-public partnerships. MARL vindicates the collective potential of action, transformation, and change. Its earth-bag walls are not aimed to be looked at, but rather touched, painted, climbed on, and stood upon.
Location New York, NY
Architect Knitknot Architecture
Project Team Maria Esnaola, Gonzalo J. López, Alfonso Simelio (first phase team), Diana Cristóbal, Alicia Hernanz, Alexandre Malagelada, Tania Oramas (second phase team)
2017 City of Dreams Pavilion