The fence is the winner of a cash-prize competition last spring. Ten teams composed of GSD students and alumni submitted designs meant to ensure the safety of workers and the public, provide a sound barrier from construction for residents and students and exploit the vast artistic potential of a construction fence. A jury composed of GSD faculty members, construction representatives and a neighborhood representative chose Susie Sanchez, Kiernan Mathews, Michael Goorevich, G. Russell Fason and Jason Casero’s fence proposal. Designed in one week and built over the summer, the fence manipulates light and color to give a “sense of time and sculptural depth” and make strolling by the construction site a “scenic experience,” according to the team’s entry.
The contest was the brainchild of Toshiko Mori, the first female chair of the GSD architecture department. “Toshiko is a true believer in promoting projects for students, getting our hands into architecture and involving us in the campus,” says Elizabeth Ghiseline, student coordinator of the competition. Though some GSD students feel the final product looks “unfinished,” Kevin Cahlin, facilities manager of Gund Hall, reports that it has “grown on me more and more—the fence is definitely creative, good use of color.” Ghiseline concurs, praising the project as a “good investigation of reinterpreting the construction fence.”