XENOSCOPE: Relating to a foreigner or foreigners through the use of an instrument of observation. Our approach for the Gateway to Chinatown competition was to create a cultural portal that introduces visitors to the character of the neighborhood and unveil the deeper connections which define it. To do so, we felt it was important to provide a space where people want to linger, explore, and interact.
On the bowl side, the wall performs as a "Cultural portal". It is composed of digital display panels which provide real-time images of 'sister-space'; public plazas in other cities with cultural connections to the neighborhood. The panels are are designed as a window between Chinatown and the places that influenced the neighborhood.