CounterSpace was designed and completed summer of 2011 in the annual European competition, Europan. Available to participants who are under 40 and of European citizenship, I completed this competition with Caroline O'Donnell partner at CODA in Ithaca, NY. Together we completed and finished in first place in response to Dublin, Ireland's call for a redesign of the banks of the 'Dublin Docklands', a neighborhood which is currently isolated from the center of the city despite its close proximity.
The competition charged designers to 'seek out the special qualities will make the built project attractive to families with children. It should address the changing nature of today's 'nuclear' family and allow for the varied household sizes which we increasingly are faced with due to changing gender roles'.
Counterspace answered this challenge with series of linear forms which weave through the landscape along the waterfront, enclosing safe and private outdoor spaces for the residents as well as heightening public spaces along the riverfront. The forms play on the interstitial, the 'inbetween' spaces. Counterspace brings into question the difference between the private and public programs in a housing development and the opportunities available when they begin to blur.