currents in green infrastructure: designs for a sustainable new york city

April 4–30, 2013

This April, in celebration of Landscape Architecture month, the NY Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLANY) and The Hort present Currents in Green Infrastructure. This exhibition explores a topic currently at the forefront of the profession and showcases some of the most innovative design solutions, including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, and Queens Plaza.

From city-led implementation for combined sewer management, to larger conversations about how our landscapes can protect cities from catastrophic events, today we expect our landscapes to be more productive and resilient, while still providing the everyday amenities of beauty and habitat. This is a complicated and site-specific type of work that deserves analysis as well as celebration.

Throughout April, The Hort and the ASLANY will host presentations, panel discussions, and social events to further the discussion of green infrastructure, advance the understanding of this broad topic, and elevate the role that landscape architects play to make New York City more sustainable.




We would like to thank all of those who attended the Liverpool New York workshop on Friday last week.

We would like to thank Grahame Shane, from Columbia University, for opening the day with a fascinating lecture on the development of New York and its waterfronts. Thank you to Jeff Byles, David Vanderhoff and Zach Postone, all from the Van Alen Institute, and Petra Kempf, from Columbia University, for leading the response to Grahame’s lecture. We would also like to thank Shaun Bolanos, Jose Latorre and Ray Borres for joining us in the morning from North Eastern University Boston.

In the afternoon, thank you to Kingston University’s Isabella Zhang and John Markwell for presenting their projects on the Liverpool waterfront and to Ishaan Kumar and Giovanni Santamaria from NYIT for sharing their knowledge and ideas for Red Hook, Brooklyn. Thank you also to Dima Attar, Ambika Mathur, Marianne Medeiros Gomes and Stran Star, all from Kingston University, for sharing their research into Brooklyn and designs on the New York Harbour. And finally, thank you to Mike Webb, Nancy Wozniak and Carol Ashley for responding to the work and joining the conversations late into the evening.

The day would not have been possible without the generosity of our hosts, the Van Alen Institute, who have supported us in the workshop in between their own exhibitions, River City: Waterfront Designs for Civic Life.


An International Design Workshop

On Friday 1 March, 10:00 – 17:00

Hosted at the Van Alen Institute, 30 W 22nd St, 6th fl, NYC

governors island – ongoing design



On Wednesday last week we were given a tour of Governors Island by Ellen Cavanagh, the Director of Planning for the Governors Island Trust. We had the opportunity to see the ongoing works by West 8 and discuss the issues of design and planning in this unique New York location. Thanks to Ellen and her team for making us so welcome.

water / city / territory / workshop

liv_ny_flyer_smKingston University present a workshop for their design and research collaboration Liverpool New York. Generously hosted by the Van Alen Institute, in New York City, the workshop will begin with a presentation by David Grahame Shane (Columbia University). Throughout the day there will be presentations and discussions between faculty and students from both Kingston University and New York Institute of Technology with a focus on landscape, architecture and urbanism proposals for Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York.

Responses will be offered by Mike Webb (Cooper Union), Giovanni Santamaria (NYIT), Pat Brown (Kingston University) and Ed Wall (Kingston University).


Friday 1 March, 10:00 – 17:00, at the Van Alen Institute, 30 W 22nd St, 6th fl, NYC

The Liverpool New York project is a design and research collaboration considering the relations between distant cities. The project has been initiated by the MA Landscape & Urbanism and PG Diploma Landscape Architecture programmes in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University.

Follow the Liverpool New York project on and on Twitter @liv_ny.

from the land to the sea


The Space, an Arts Council and BBC collaboration, presents From the Land to the Sea. A film and performance made from BFI archive footage by award-winning director Penny Woolcock.

The Space has a rich collection of arts film and programming that include issues of landscape, urbanism, arts and culture. For those of you in the UK, it is live, free and on demand.

[un]natural limits

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[un]natural limits is an exhibition that opens at the Austrian Cultural Forum on 22 January. From 5:00pm the artist talk will include Mathias Kessler, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Lois Weinberger, and the curators Dieter Buchart and Arnaud Gerspacher. This will be followed by an opening reception.

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liverpool and the avant-garde

liverpool and the avant

November saw the presentation of Liverpool and the Avant-Garde by Dr Robert Knifton. The exhibition, whose full title was Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Gardewas  planned for 2007 to coincide with Liverpool’s 800th anniversary celebrations. From 2005-2007 Dr Knifton helped to develop the Tate Liverpool exhibition.

The above map is by Everything Must Burn was commissioned for the event.

geographies of music

Earlier this month we discussed the sounds of the two cities. How can music be informed by different urban geographies? How can music also inform ideas of identity, urban authenticity and place. Lecturer and journalist Charles Lambert presented Liverpool and New York though their musical DNA and speculated that Liverpool’s music has consistently been more melodic while New York’s has been more jagged and demanding.