At the world’s greatest public intersection.

Designed in collaboration with Matter Architecture Practice

Time Square Alliance, New York City

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Peace & Quiet is a temporary dialogue station where veterans and civilians—two wide ranging demographic groups, whose paths increasingly do not cross—can openly engage each other in meaningful conversation. It is a tranquil place to meet, share stories, leave a note, shake hands—a veteran-civilian exchange, in person. Beyond politics, stereotype or judgement; bridging the often unnecessary gap.

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We were skeptical at first about the publics willingness to participate given the dialogue stations location, Times Square. Which is arguably one of the world’s great public intersections, has an estimated 500,000 people passing through it everyday.
In addition to that the station was also located opposite the US Army recruiting station—the possible commencement point for arduous and dangerous journeys.

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