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
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.
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.
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 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.
Check out and enjoy the latest video work of Alex M from the MA Landscape and Urbanism at Kingston University.
The Rising Currents exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York asked several teams of designers to consider proposals to address the conditions of rising tides and storm surges. As New York prepares to shut down with the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy the importance of waterfront infrastructure planning is underlined.
The 2010 Rising Currents exhibition presented speculations by five teams of landscape architects, architects and urban designers who engaged with landscape conditions and processes to respond to, mitigate and prevent the possibility of flooding in the New York Harbor area.
Considering waterfront infrastructure New York Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is requesting proposals for New York Waterfront Construction. Change the Course has a deadline of November 15.
[image: Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio]
By the early 1900’s Liverpool’s population had grown to almost one million people  with a significant immigration from Ireland. Due to the potato famine 300 000 Irish people arrived in Liverpool in the twelve months following 1847 – most of whom then emigrated to the east coast of North America.
New York’s population during that time (1950’s) was about 100 000 more than Liverpool’s, however, it continued to grow until the 1950’s where it peaked at just under eight million inhabitants . Although New York’s population has remained consistent Liverpool’s shrunk dramatically. Liverpool now has almost half the population that it had a century ago.
The Liverpool New York collaboration is an investigation into the relations between Liverpool, in North-West England, and New York City on the East Coast of the United States. These cities, and the relations between them, are the focus of research that will culminate in design proposals that may interrogate, expose and build on their potential. Design solutions, in the form of installations, spaces, processes, structures, neighbourhoods and cities, will be presented. These proposals will be predominantly spatial, however, the relations between Liverpool and New York City go beyond spatial forms; these relationships are bound up with urban contexts of trade, migration, culture and ecology as well as global contexts of production, geography and economics. The two questions that the Liverpool New York collaboration asks are:
What are the unique conditions and relations between these great cities?
How can the potential of these conditions and relations be transformed into site specific design proposals?