HASSELL and Brooklyn-based landscape designer Harrison Green have re-envisioned part of New York’s Park Avenue in their collaborative proposal – ‘A Wild Place’. The proposal has been shortlisted from a field of more than 150 entries in the Beyond the Centerline international design competition which is on exhibition in New York and inviting feedback through a worldwide public vote.
‘A Wild Place’ re-creates the famed median as an untamed ribbon of forest threaded though the urban landscape.
“The long linear stretch of Park Avenue is wild and disorderly in its own way, littered with heavy traffic and people disengaged from the world around them,” says HASSELL Principal SharonWright.
“With skyscrapers towering above and cars honking below, it is a space whose character is defined by the imposing city life around it. ‘A Wild Place’ imagines Park Avenue as a place known not for its surroundings, but for something within.”
The proposal is informed by mapping of the vegetative communities of the site in the 1660s, and includes a winding path that evokes a natural woodland trail. ‘A Wild Place’ is one of the 17 shortlisted ideas that are now open to a worldwide public vote. The shortlisted ideas can be viewed online or on exhibition in the lobby of 55 West 52nd Street, NYC.
The 17 designs were selected from a pool of nearly 150 innovative entries by an esteemed jury. You can see the other entrants at http://www.fbdesigncom.com/top-designs