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.
WATER / CITY / TERRITORY
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
Kingston 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).
WATER / CITY / TERRITORY
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.
[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.
Bookings are now being taken to enter the mysterious underground Williamson’s Tunnels . As described by the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels, they are a labyrinth of tunnels and underground caverns in Liverpool that were built in the first few decades of the 1800’s by a retired tobacco merchant called Joseph Williamson. Although there are many theories, the reason for their construction is not known with any certainty. The Friends website suggests that they may have been constructed from pure philanthropy, offering work to the unemployed of the district, to religious extremism, the tunnels being an underground haven from a predicted Armageddon.
A public square named after Williamson can be found in the centre of Liverpool. Between 2004 and 2007 it was redesigned by landscape architect’s Camlins .