Jieun Yang

Building Blocks
Jieun Yang is a New York-based architect and educator. She is the principal of Habitat Workshop, an architecture and urban design practice promoting design as a framework for positive change through cross-disciplinary collaboration, research, and public engagement. Her work explores architecture, infrastructure, and everyday desire through the lens of social, economic, political, and cultural influences. As the winner of 2008 SOM Prize, Jieun has investigated global suburbia and its relationship to urban expansion and global influence. She is currently working on a project on post-Soviet industrial cities as the recipient of The LeBrun Travel Fellowship. Her work has been featured and published in White Zinfandel, Curbed, and The Architects Newspaper. She has also been selected as the fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture in 2016, investigating the topic of live / work typology for artists in New York City.
About the piano
Location: Paul Raimonda Park, 20 Ave., between 47 St. and 48 St., Queens, NY Hours: Dawn to dusk Click here for full map of all Sing for Hope Piano locations. The piano symbolizes the aggregate of diverse individuals and communities that contribute to vibrancy of the city. Similar to mechanism and mathematical science of the piano in which multiple combination of 52 white and 36 black keys can produce most harmonious and uplifting sound, our community thrives when each building block participates with an intention to create something beautiful and impactful together. Each strip is grown out of a width of a single piano key and presents a unit of building block. Over a coat of white paint, some blocks are painted in black and some others are filled in with a collage of surroundings through reflection. The mixture of filled and unfilled blocks abstractly represents harmonious chord produced as the result of activating multiple keys on the instrument. The abstracted pattern also recalls facade of buildings in a neighborhood where a variety of activities occur at any given point of time. And at a macro level, the pattern resembles the grid of the city with each block embracing its diversity and contributing to the makeup of the city.