We entered the ideas competition sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that asked the community to think of ways to adaptively reuse the derelict Philip Johnson-designed 1964 World's Fair New York State Pavilion. This pavilion is located in Queens Flushing Meadow Park near the US Open Tennis courts and the Queens Museum. It is prime real estate for park-goers and as a beacon on the horizon it is for passer-bys as well.
Our idea pitch proposes a vertical farm in the round (6ft depth and 100ft tall with vegetable trays that are automated and can be accessed for harvesting large quantities of produce). The advantage of the pavilion in the park location is that it has great sun exposure and local, healthy food is viable and a great way to bring community together. We call it the "Farm of Tomorrow" as a play on the original Philip Johnson "Tent of Tomorrow." This vertical farm will provide an amenity for an overall campus of cultural activities and advocacy that include; a performance center with cultural arts and produce stands and a seed bank in an abandoned theater that can hold world seed storage with a local native species focus and promotes science and laboratory learning. For the three existing towers, we visualized them as a "library in the sky" -- one as a quiet tower for public computers and wifi access for incubator businesses, one for storytelling for all ages, and one as a community think-tank for dialogue and conversation. Each of these towers offers a phenomenal 360 view of the park and Manhattan skyline beyond. While also servicing as a beacon on the horizon for those travels in cars and elevated subways passing-by.
The New York State Pavilion would become a place to focus on community issues through the arts and sciences with a special focus on finding solutions to problems for urban areas created by Climate Change. We fill this is a nod to the global reach and excitement of the original 1964 World's Fair yet re-envisioned for today.
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