Van Alen Institute has opened registrations for the L Train Shutdown Charrette. The Canarsie tunnel connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn on the L line will be closed completely for one and a half years or closed partially for three years to make repairs due to damage from Superstorm Sandy. Van Alen Institute is holding a charette propose implementable interventions that look beyond shuttle buses and private cars. Participants from both design and non-design fields are invited to this program that asks how unforeseen design solutions can facilitate easier routes during service shutdowns.
Have an idea? There is no entry fee to enter. Form an interdisciplinary team of at least two people and send us your 150-word concept by midnight EDT on June 9.
Note from the Editor: Why is this posted on a landscape architecture blog? Because landscape architects look at problems at a macro scale and thought that a landscape architect teamed with an engineer, architect or other non-design discipline could create a disruptive solution. It will be interesting to see everyone’s ideas.
New York City is already home to many of the world’s greatest public spaces including Central Park, Prospect Park and of course, the High Line. So when Mayor de Blasio announced a set of initiatives to “reinvent the Brooklyn Strand” – a series of underutilized and disconnected public spaces and City-owned lots – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself. This project will not only add another name to that accomplished list, but more importantly create a grand gateway befitting the County of Kings.
Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to modify its existing permit to allow the reconstruction of Pier 54, now known as Pier 55, in Hudson River Park, paving the way for The Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) and Pier55 Inc. to move forward with construction this summer.
On Long Island’s eastern end, the Towns of Southampton and Riverhead, in Suffolk County, are planning for a new pedestrian bridge over the Peconic River. The bridge will serve as a connective public amenity with economic and visitor experience benefits for both municipalities. The walkable link between downtown Riverhead and the primary commercial corridor of NYS Route 24 in Riverside will provide extraordinary scenic views at its apex and will draw tourists to the region to visit the Riverhead/Riverside area. Additional foot traffic will spur economic activity on both sides of the river. The bridge promotes physical activity and environmental appreciation. The bridge will offer access from the Long Island Aquarium and other major downtown Riverhead businesses and institutions to Riverside through a natural trail setting along the Peconic River waterfront.
The Tiger Glen Garden is a courtyard garden in the new wing of the Johnson Museum of Art. The design uses a minimalist palette of stone and moss to evoke an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen. As such, the garden is not simply a restive place, the design of which is intended to be only pleasing and calming. It is a meaningful place. A garden that has a story to tell.
In October 2015 the Lowline Lab (“The Lab”) opened to the public, acting as a proof of concept for the Lowline—an innovative underground park that will transport daylight into the depths of a historic trolley station.
This week, the Flatiron / 23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute unveiled SOFTlab’s Nova, the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition that serves as the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving neighborhood of New York. The second annual competition of its kind, the initiative called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation for the holidays at the heart of the Flatiron District.