Roberto Clemente Plaza  2010

Bronx, New York

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Design began in 2010 for the Robert Clemente Plaza located at the juncture of 149th St and 3rd Avenue in the Bronx.  A memorial for Roberto, this plaza seeks to create a vital juncture of activity that is also on of the fiftieth busiest MTA bus and subway hub.  Working with Garrison Architects of Brooklyn, New York, we have been developing on various concepts and approaches.  My project consists of a beacon (el faro/lighthouse) that relates to Clemente’s life as a humanitarian and utilizes images and metaphors that portray the man as larger than his baseball career.  Rather than dwell on his baseball accomplishments, the plaza seeks to connect visitors to his great drive to assist others and his love of family.  Presented is the latest phase of the conceptual design process.  At the beginning of 2012, despite approval from nearly all city agencies, conflicts about the design direction with the Public Design Commission, I have regretfully resigned from this commission.