Prof. Harkema Awarded Hudson Square Commission

Adjunct Associate Professor Lindsay Harkema is the founding member of a multi-designer team, WIP Collaborative, that has been awarded the commission for a public placemaking installation in Hudson Square. Urban Design Forum selected WIP Collaborative as the winner of Care for Hudson Square, a reopening initiative in partnership with Hudson Square Properties and the Hudson Square Business Improvement District.

The design competition, led by Urban Design Forum, called for strategies to use the streetscape as a site for cultural reawakening after months of social isolation. WIP’s proposal, “Restorative Ground,” creates a place for a range of experiences, activities, and interactions to occur among residents, community members, and the broader public. It is envisioned as an environment for both social interaction and sensory stimulation that allows for a full range of experiences from adventurous and playful to quiet and restorative.

WIP Collaborative is a platform that enables independent design professionals to combine their expertise and work together to realize broader impact through shared projects. Founded on feminist principles, WIP supports those who eschew patriarchal conventions and define new narratives of architectural practice through their work. Distinct from a traditional firm built around a singular identity and authorship, WIP is centered around a way of working as an adaptable framework to meet the needs of its projects and collaborators.