M.Arch alum's Winning Design for New Urban Umbrella Scaffolding Unveiled

Mon. 12 December

Young-Hwan Choi's winning "Urban Umbrella" design made its Manhattan street debut Thursday.

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NEW YORK--The new scaffolding design "Urban Umbrella," imagined by Young-Hwan Choi (M.Arch'11), made its Manhattan street debut Thursday with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Buildings Officials.

While studying architecture at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, Choi and Agencie Group designers Andres Cortes and Sarrah Khan created the winning scaffolding concept as part of the city's urbanSHED International Design Competition. Their design, selected from a pool of 164 applicants, includes improved safety and green features such as built-in LED lightinng.

Buildings Commissioner Robert Limandri praised the new structure for both its aesthetic design and safety, The Urban Umbrella is a perfect combination of design elegance and construction safety that will complement our City's sidewalks and businesses rather than hide them," he said. "This prototype is safer and more pleasing to the eye than the current model, and we expect many property owners will take advantage of this new design during their construction operations."

The first Urban Umbrella at 100 Broadway in Lower Manhattan will soon cover 6,000 sites in the city, making a once-bulky, utilitarian facet of urban life more beautiful from the ground up. "Great public design is an important part of every great city--especially New York," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "The new sidewalk shed is part of that effort, but it will also improve public safety, storefront visibility and the experience of pedestrians."

"It's a delight--a great and positive contrast to the sidewalk scaffolding just one block to the north," praised Marilyn Jordan Taylor, PennDesign's dean.

More photos of Choi's new scaffolding may be found on Architizer; see original annoucement in the New York Times.