Decomposing Times Square / 2019

Inspired by the Pantone Color Matching System, this set of cards offers a detailed collection of materials composing Times Square in New York City. The exercise intended to deconstruct this location using a nontraditional representation method. The exercise focuses on unconventional and taken-for-granted elements composing urban spaces, such as bollards, types of floors, signals, textures, and more. Materialtone was an ethnographic experiment during my doctoral research exploring pedestrianized Times Square. It also was one of my first attempts to study, mixing design and urban ethnography, the seemingly irrelevant elements composing urban life.

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