Jun 3, 2007

Governers Island...New Fantasy Island?

What is wrong with this photo below?




The US government sold Governor's Island to New York City for a buck; one stipulation was that it not be used for residential uses, the crack cocaine of the development biz. For years they have been trying to figure out what to do with it, with everything from amusement parks to casinos and hotels. Finally they started over and are running a limited competition; five consortia were invited to submit designs for what are very green, innovative parks. The teams didn't just have to design them they had to develop a raison d'etre. Why have this park? “Everyone knows how to get to Prospect Park or Central Park,” says Leslie Koch, president of the Governors Island Preservation & Education Corporation. “What is the experience that this park and promenade can provide that is unique? This has to be compelling.”
Landscape architects West 8 (who won a comparable competition to redo Toronto's waterfront) with Quennell Rothschild & Partners, architects Rogers Marvel and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and planners SMWM, did, I think, the funkiest; it has a " Vertical Landscape, mountains popping up out of the flat southern tip that would integrate active recreational, cultural, and educational functions. Inside could be snack bars, exhibits, a funicular, and caves for spelunking. Says West 8 partner Jerry van Eyck: “We wanted to give it the attitude of a national park, one with primal nature, robustness, where you don’t feel the hand of man.” And what TreeHugger could resist the promise that "Three thousand free wooden bikes would allow for rapid circumnavigation on looping, leafy paths.

4 comments:

bonnie said...

ok, is it just me or is that picture of Gov's I. reversed?

Shari said...

well, if you stand on your head, and look over your shoulder...nah, it's backwards.

Chalu said...

How about we write a proposal of all natural. Just an extension of the Central Park. Back to the prehistorica? Ang Ko Wat of America. Plants reclaiming the Governor's island? Hmm, that would be cool.

bonnie said...

Like Chalu's idea. Anybody here ever been to North Brother Island?