LAURA CARTER

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OPEN SPACE DESIGN

LAFAYETTE AVE GREENWAY  (images 1-7)

 

QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY (images 8-13)

 

HUNTS POINT PARK (images 9-25)

A triangular patch of public land on the tip of the Hunts Point peninsula is a pivotal and challenging site in a larger master plan to add a continuous waterfront greenway to the Bronx’s long shoreline.  A former waste transfer site, the land is almost inaccessible via public transportation, but is a mile away from the nearest residential neighborhood and is surrounded on three sides by a bustling, massive food distribution center that serves more than 8 million New Yorkers every day.  This proposal for turning a forgotten site into a usable public open space seeks to create an environment that will help draw people to the site but maintain its usefulness if the crowds never come.  An existing salt storage shed is repurposed as a 4-season rink for skating, dancing, yoga classes, etc.  Abandoned shipping containers on site are re-envisioned as habitats for native species, ideally in partnership with local environmental groups and zoos.  The run-down marine transfer facility is reborn as a 4-season community greenhouse and recreational “island” with a kayaking area, gardening plots and a farming barge that can travel to more populated farmers markets if necessary.          Team members: Aliz Mena, Aline Fader, Erik Facteau

 

Fall 2010, Prof. Signe Nielsen

 

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