Oculus - Fall 2013 - (Page 38)

feature ©WXY architecture + urban design East River Magic Two waterfront plans provide abundant recreation while restoring habitats and protecting against future floods BY CLAIRE WILSON ake-up calls are best known for going unheeded, but two initiatives for Manhattan’s East River are taking shape as a clever, insightful response to that huge wake-up call of a year ago known as Superstorm Sandy. The East River Blueway Plan and the Pier 42 project have come together in a swath of recreation areas for biking, walking, kayaking, swimming, environmental education, art installations, performance space, and just enjoying the outdoors. When completed, the projects will be the missing links to other recreation areas ringing the borough, and will also provide protection from future floods to institutions, critical utilities, and housing along one of the city’s most dense corridors. The plans include green infrastructure like salt marshes and strategically placed bioswales to help with storm water management, improve East River water quality, and eventually restore the ecosystem the length of the projects, between the Brooklyn Bridge and East 38th Street. “The Blueway is a plan for the missing pieces that takes in all other plans, like the East River Esplanade Plan, and makes sense of it as a whole,” says Claire Weisz, AIA, partner, WXY architecture + urban design, which created the Blueway plan. “It doesn’t replace what’s happening, but incorporates what’s happening.” The Blueway, which renovates the public shoreline, will bring people to the river with a beach at the Brooklyn Bridge being made accessible for wading and swimming. Changing rooms, showers, and a snack bar will accompany splash pools filled with filtered river water. Kayak launches will be added at this location and at Stuyvesant Cove (East 14th to 23rd Streets), with offshore wave buffers for safe launching. The plan features fishing piers and docks for possible increased ferry service along the Blueway’s five-mile length. New and improved vantage points along the route include an open-air restaurant atop W 38 Oculus Fall 2013 (above) For the Blueway, designed by WXY architecture + urban design, the expanded East River Esplanade diverts downspouts into a constructed ecosystem of wetlands, salt marsh, and tidal pools. East River Blueway ARCHITECT: WXY architecture + urban design DESIGN TEAM: Adam Lubinsky Ph.D., AICP, Claire Weisz, FAIA, RA, Mark, Yoes, AIA, RA, LEED AP, Adriel Mesznik, LEED AP, Alice Shay, Chat Travieso, Jacob Dugopolski AIA, LEED AP, Justine Ala, Kennedy Howe, Maiko Shimizu, Marcus Hooks, Mia Pears, Paul Salama, Shachi Pandey, AICP, LEED AP, Stephanie Koltun PERMITTING OUTREACH: AKRF INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEER: ARCADIS Domingo Gonzalez Associates LIGHTING DESIGN: WATER RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGY: eDesign Dynamics ECONOMICS & IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY: HR&A Advisors TRANSPORTATION PLANNING, CIVIL ENGINEER, LAND OWNERSHIP & PERMITTING: Philip Habib & Associates STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Weidlinger Associates KEY CONSULTING AGENCIES & ORGANIZATIONS: Con Ed/Consolidated Edison Company of New York; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; NYC Department of City Planning; NYC Department of Environmental Protection; NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; NYC Department of Transportation; Economic Development Corporation; Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; NYCHA Tenant Associations – NYC Housing Authority GRAPHIC DESIGN (PUBLICATION/ WEBSITE): Yeju Choi URBAN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Judith Heintz; S + M Studios Politics = Architecture

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2013

Letter from the President
A Word from the Editor
Op-Ed
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The City More Beautiful
Affordable Housing in 2013: Communities, Not Containers
Riverfront Redesigned
The Future of Prefab
From Ports to Parks: New York’s Waterfront Wager
East River Magic
Shoring Up for the Future
FAR ROC Rocks!
Yard Work
In Print
132-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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