This urban design project is our entry into the 2008 South Street Seaport Re-Envisioning The Urban Edge competition. Here we propose to build a series of public piers for recreation and solar, wind and water turbine farming as a mini power plant to serve the adjacent neighborhood of low rise historic buildings. These bands of green spaces offer outdoor play spaces for mixed use and provide different vantage points and a range of community space including programming for the Seamen's Church Institute. Daytime workers on lunch break mingle with tourists and families from the neighborhood. Under the FDR highway becomes a welcoming pathway with plantings and connections to the revitalized 'Slip' waterway and the historic neighborhood. Our intervention communicates with the surrounding scale of the Brooklyn Bridge, FDR highway, historic streets, and shipping vessels to create a new type of urban space. The rising sea waters and tides of the East River (estuary) are part of project's scope both and the proposal offers a learning opportunity to bring the public into the discussion of how the urban edge confronts and responds to the sea.
Credits: J Torres Moskovitz (prjt manager), Abigail Coover, and Cara Solomon.