Financial District Streetscapes and Security

Financial District Streetscapes and Security

Financial District Streetscapes and Security

Immediately after 9/11 new security requirements by the NYPD Counterterrorism Division resulted in a cluttered fortification of the New York Financial District and New York Stock Exchange. We embraced the opportunity to rethink urban security strategies, and leverage their need to also improve the public experience around one of America’s most iconic urban spaces.


NYSE Aerial Site Photo NYC 2000 BW
The project was initiated after the 9/11 attack at what then was called Ground Zero.
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The immediate response to district security after 9/11 was a cluttered assortment of barriers and trucks which created a hostile environment for residents and workers.
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Innovative security designs included sculptural bronze "NOGO" barriers, easily redepoloyable, used where dense subsurface utilities did not permit bollard foundations. A small footrpint minimizes pedestrian obstruction and provides a seating opportunity.
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Built upon a thorough evaluation of the problem and after careful coordination with many stakeholders, city agencies, and law enforcement officials, the comprehensive strategy knit cultural, historical and financial landmarks into the security plan.
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The renovation restores the pedestrian-oriented, public realm of the New York City streetscape.
NYSE Historic Context
Streetscape design was informed by careful historic research.
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Wood pavers mark the former 1680s palisade, creating the namesake: “Wall Street. Eurocobble paving recalls the historic cobblestone in a new ADA accessible format. ©Paul Warchol
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The approach had to take into account not only traffic control and circulation design, but also district street lighting, pedestrian amenities, and historic and cultural character. ©Paul Warchol
NYSE Site Plan 2004 District Improvements
SITE PLAN
Year
2007
Location
Manhattan, New York
Client
New York City Department of City Planning, The New York City Economic Development Corporation, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
Typology
Public Space, Infrastructure
Design Team
Tim Fryatt, Graeme Waitzkin
Consultants
Weidlinger Associates, Inc. (Structural), Quennell Rothschild and Partners (Landcape), Ducibella Venter & Santore (Security), Philip Habib & Associates (Traffic), Vollmer Associates (Civil)
Awards
Architect Magazine R+D Award Citation, AIA National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, AIA NY State Special Jury Commendation, AIA NYC Chapter Project Merit Award, AIA NYC/Boston Society of Architects Urban Design Awards
Photography Credits
©Paul Warchol and Marvel Architects
Rendering Credits
Marvel Architects
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