The Cooper Union
School of Architecture


“Last year, the terminal handled over 2.2 million bus movements and 56 million passenger trips. On a typical weekday, approximately 7,200 buses and about 200,000 people use the bus terminal.”

The New York Port Authority Bus Terminal does not provide quality public lounges to relax while waiting for the bus. DISPLACED LOUNGE is a resting spot that should be located close to public transportation facilities that don't have a quality lounge area for waiting/resting. A Lounge is defined as a resting space to relax and lie back while waiting for something.

People in suits and heels, stand in line on a staircase that leads to the gate; their wait is longer and more difficult than it reasonably should be.There are places to buy stuff and places to eat, but no places to truly rest without consuming, without paying, eating and drinking - and even then, given the environment and conditions, I cannot call it resting. Their lack of power/money – they don't have a car – is brought to mind every day by the long lines to get the bus, by the lack of a resting spot where they can be individuals, that is to separate from others, to retreat, while in a public space, into their own selves.

Would you offer your living room as a resting place for strangers waiting to catch the a bus?

A pilot experiment, a gesture: My studio located in front of the port authority bus terminal (ISCP International Studio and Curatorial Program) on 39 St will be a displaced lounge where people can rest and watch while waiting for their bus to arrive. Match boxes advertising it will be left in stores inside the terminal.

Assistant Professor, Adjunct Faculty