My professor at Pratt belatedly accepted the Jane Jacobs medal for lifetime acheivement last night (the awards ceremony was originally scheduled for last fall but was cancelled by Sandy).
I loved the video below (and not just because I'm in it). It reaffirmed what makes the type of planning I'd like to practice important. Congratulations Ron!
I'm very proud of our group, Adductor + Pad, and all the good things we accomplished in our studio this semester. Thanks guys.
I've included below the presentation we gave for Pratt PSPD faculty and students last Saturday. Enjoy!
It's been a long semester, and our urban design project (at least our presentation board) is effectively finished after tonight.
Above is an illustration from the cutting room floor - we're trying to emphasize our design's connection to the Harlem River and the multiple ways it encourages access to the water. Our visual language moved away from axonometric illustrations, so it didn't make it into the presenation.
On the Bronx side at least, most areas near the water are fenced off like Roberto Clemente State Park below. After a recent drowning, there are now calls for raising the fence height. We envision a closer, more understanding relationship with the water.
"Toward the end of his life, Isaac Stephenson, one of the most successful of the Marinette-Menominee lumbermen, would write in his autobiography,
The habitual weakness of the American people is to assume that they have made themselves great, whereas their greatness has been in large measure thrust upon them by a bountiful providence which has given them forests, mines, fertile soil, and a variety of climate to enable them to sustain themselves in plenty...
From the wealth of nature, Americans had wrung a human plenty, and from that plenty they hadbuilt the city of Chicago. Chicago's relationship to the white pines had been exceedingly intricate, emerging from ecological and economic forces that for a brief time had come together into a single market, a single geography.The tensions in that market and that geography finally destroyed the distant ecosystem which had helped create them - but by then it no longer mattered. Perhaps the greatest irony was that by surviving the forests that had nurtured it growth, Chicago could all too easily come to seem a wholly human creation."
-William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis