Saturday, August 22, 2009

Re-Greening NYC: Vision

The Grand Concourse in the Bronx has a rich heritage and is visioning its future development. The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Design Trust for Public Space launched a competition earlier this year called Intersections: The Grand Concourse Beyond 100. The winning entries are posted here in The Architect's Newspaper.

In response to Mayor Bloomberg's goal of a green NYC by 2030, it represents another iteration in the idea of urban regeneration that is dynamic, green and community-based, interacting in the urban fabric instead of creating isolated building structures. This opens up possibilities such as vertical farming - using hydroponics and water recycling - to bring natural processes into the city that provides a local food supply as well.

We've come a long way from the earlier dystopian visions of NYC and the earth, in general, as the only logical endgame. Logan's Run, in particular, was specific to the much-envisioned dome over the city with the apocalyptic earth on the "outside". Human vs. nature. I think we get it now. There's no "versus"