Oversight can be visual and political: built in a NYCHA site, this public pool reverses the legal with the literal.

Non-residents are placed under the surveillance of the inhabitants - even as the site and its residents are under public supervision.

Arriving from the NYCHA side, windows are arrayed as an extended Corbusian fenêtre en longueur; inside, viewlines are governed by Loos' raumplan, the deepest corner of the pool as the center of circulation and the structural fins modulating increasingly smaller spaces. Existing community ties are augmented outside the city grid; external access curtailed.


Galen Pardee is Drawing Agency: a design and research practice based in New York City.

Currently, he is the 2019-2020 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the Knowlton School, The Ohio State University

Founder, “Territories of Territory Extraction”

Brandeis University + Columbia University GSAPP Graduate.

Co-founding FARMer.


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