Young-Hwan Choi’s Innovative New Scaffold Design for NYC

Earlier this week, the NYC Department of Buildings revealed the winning scaffolding design from Korean architect Young-Hwan Choi, of Penn Design School, who won last year’s urbanSHED International Design Competition—a search for a new scaffolding system in New York City. His design was chosen from 164 total designs, proposals of architects from all over the world, spanning 28 different countries. Dubbed the “Urban Umbrella,” Choi’s design improves both neighborhood quality and allows more natural light to filter through.

City officials, such as Angela Pinsky of the Real Estate Board of New York, seem to approve of Choi’s winning design, saying:

“I think that the sidewalks are the first thing that people see, and that having a beautiful canopy that invites people in is going to be good for the buildings, it’s going to be good for people walking by, good for New York.”

The scaffolding prototype will soon be installed at a location in Lower Manhattan. Although it will not be mandated, there are high hopes that it will set a new standard for the real estate and construction industries.

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[Photo: PennDesign]