The Stern Plaza in front of Tisch Hall, or in its other name Frank Jay Gould Memorial Plaza, is one of the most walked plaza by NYU students, faculty and visiting speakers & alumni. While its plain grey colored plaza echoes the rigorous, mannered nature of business school, I think something could be done to improve it and serve the people who are using it better. These are the areas that could be improved and my ideas for specific material/ furniture that might add more a “sense of place” to it:
- Add More (Comfortable) Seatings and New Addition of Dining Areas
The seatings we have currently are those orange, rugged-surfaces next to the stairs. Those seating areas are not comfortable at all and provide limited space for students to relax. As many of you know, there are a lot of food trucks right next to the plaza that provides convenience for students and faculty to grab a quick lunch at school, but there are NO TABLES on the plaza where people can sit and eat. So I think we should add more comfortable seatings and dining areas to the plaza. These are recommended material for seating/ chairs/ tables:
Dark marble instead of orange rugged seating
Public seating in Bryant Park; these chairs tables are movable and feel relaxing
Public seatings in Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France; I prefer the lighter green than the ones in Bryant Park because it adds more lightness and color contrast to Stern’s red and dark colors.
- Add a Fountain or Sculpture the Center of Plaza
Most famous ancient Roman plazas have a sculpture or a fountain at the center, to kind of circulate space and allow the flow of movement of people, activities move smoothly. At the center of Stern Plaza now is the round iron attached to the ground that says it’s Frank Jay Gould Memorial Plaza and New York University–but most people never notice that and it does not serve any utilitarian purpose. We might want to add a modern fountain to introduce more movement from the falling water and circulation of space and activities.
- More GREEN
Facing the front of Tisch Hall, we notice that there is several blank, white walls next to the glass revolving door. The wall currently has nothing on it and it’s waste of space. We don’t have ANY green at the plaza; so a vertical garden/ grass wall might add more nature and life to the plaza, here are some examples: