We just finished our first week as a group, and put together a few diagrams of some of our recommendations for the Harlem River site. We got lots of feedback and we're starting the next iteration. If all goes well, we should have something new to present each week.
Last night our studio presented preliminary models outlining some of our ideas for the Harlem River site.
The work represented our last efforts on our own to develop our ideas about how we'd like to see the site. The point was to think big, sketch broadly, and convey a clear idea. The class responded with a broad range of techniques and styles, but I got the sense that we tended to circle around many of the same ideas: connections, access, ecology.
I did what I could to get photos of everyone's models, but I apologize for the cell phone quality.
Our first project for the beginning of studio was to start developing a visual language for our site, describing some existing conditions. My group, Land Use, focused on how land use decisions attracted or repelled visitors to the Harlem River (spoiler: it mostly repels).
Our approach was a little different than some of the other groups, but so far the work of my classmates has been impressive. More to come.
from our rainy site visit this weekend
looks like I'll be spending all next semester with my mind on the Harlem River...
It's not an economy if you're just doing each other's laundry.
- my professor, summing up why cities need an "export economy" in order to be viable.
I was looking through the New York State Department of Transportation's environmental design guidelines when I came across the Hudson Valley region's special pilot guidelines on deer composting. With a growing deer population and increasing congestion, disposal of roadkill has become a pressing logistical problem (local rendering plants are apparently also shutting down). The solution is to simply dump the deer carcasses into a compost bin and use the compost a few months later on DOT right of ways. It's a fascinating document, and I'm now keyed in to a growing national trend.
A severe case of jet lag (I was more or less asleep by 3pm) prevented me from attending, but we got the opportunity to present our project to the Harlem River community this Monday, June 11th.
From what I heard it was a great success, and we got a writeup in the Mott Haven Herald.
For posterity's sake, I posted the video I created and was planning on narrating below. It gives a rough overview of the current state of the Harlem River, as well as some of the numerous proposals developed over the years for the site. There should be a more polished publication coming out sometime this summer. Stay tuned.