The East River: Design Ideas for New York’s Other River 1998
Van Allen Institute / New York
- Tip: Fikir Projesi
- Yarışmayı Açan: Van Alen Institute
- Konum: New York / ABD
- Proje Ekibi: İ. Başak Dağgülü, Münevver Dağgülü, M. Tolga Akbulut
Located at the heart of the five boroughs, the East River, from Governors Island to Randall’s Island, occupies the central core of New York City. Owned and controlled by a myriad of City and State agencies, the East River and its waterfront communities have been denied the sort of master vision currently in place for the Hudson. As a result, the East River waterfront has remained under-utilized and cut-off from upland areas for decades. In fact, for the past century, New York’s East River has been the City’s back yard and bad conscience, a good place to shoot a movie but a bad place to go. As we celebrate the City’s centennial, the Institute hopes to turn the tide on the East River. The focus on the East River comes at a time when cities around the world are beginning to rediscover their urban waterfronts.While the transformation in the shipping industry to containerization happened decades ago, many “downtown” industrial waterfronts have been slow to change.
Over the course of the past two decades large metropolitan cities have struggled with how best to reuse these unique areas.
At the forefront have been cities like London and Barcelona which have invested significant public resources to convert their waterfronts into public amenities. While some areas of the East River are being redesigned and reworked by public agencies, private developers and community groups, the future of the waterfront remains uncertain.
The goal of the competition was to generate new design visions for sites along the river, from new buildings to new open spaces, from the scale of a small lot to the scale of the city. For the past century, New York’s East River has been the City’s back yard and bad conscience, a good place to shoot a movie but a bad place to go. Today, approaching the City’s centennial, the East River and its waterfronts are on the verge of a new identity. The 1998 Van Alen Prize in Public Architecture called for entries that investigate, envision, and promote the design of a better public realm for this artery running through the City’s core. River The East River (in fact a tidal strait) running from Governors Island in the south to Randall’s Island in the north, including the waterfront and waterfront-related areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.