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recent efforts by NYC agencies to reclaim the waterfront for non-industrial uses, including the Department of City Planning’s “Vision 2020, the Comprehensive Waterfront Action Plan for New York City.” When committee members heard of discussions to develop the 135th Street Marine Transfer Station, they decided to make it their site. Perhaps more so than in previous years, entrants proffered solutions that could be feasible in the future. The ENYA Prizewinning entry “Sym’bio’pia” explores ways to create a truly sustainable community – a prototype that could be applied in cities throughout the world. New York- and Shanghai-based Linearscape proposes a series of towers connected by a landscape that bridges the 70-foot elevation change from 135th Street to the water’s edge. Each tower contains offices and urban farms, called “growing arenas,” that would have a symbiotic relationship with one another. Plants would filter brown water that would then be used to grow edible plants. Compost would be an energy source to help power the buildings. Ultimately, the interior farms would support existing community gardens, grocery stores, restaurants, and local parks. With both teams hailing from Brooklyn, the second-place “The Hudson Exchange,” by Eliza Higgins, Cyrus Patell, Chris Starkey, and Andrea Vittandini, and third-place “Harlem Harvest,” by Ryan Doyle, LEED AP, Guido Elgueta, and Tyler Caine, LEED AP, focused on the fact that, despite the many farms in upstate New York, 80% of the food grown is exported outside the state. “The Hudson Exchange” proposes using barges for mass transit, as vehicles for food delivery, and as gathering spaces for the community. Through experimental gardens, the project encourages a multigenerational exchange among Columbia University students, community members, upstate farmers, and local gardeners. “Harlem Harvest” proposes a series of barges that would deliver food to an on-site market and bring visitors to the upstate farms. A new relationship would be born by creating a physical connection between farmers, farms, the city, and the Harlem community. The Harlem Edge competition shows that emerging architects and designers are proposing real solutions to existing problems in the city and beyond. Their conviction is strong – Linearscape has begun to shop out the proposal to potential developers – and their new energy is invigorating the city. ■
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a project manager at Gensler and the associate director on the AIA NY Chapter Board of Directors.
Real Solutions at Harlem’s Edge
The winners of the biennial ENYA design competition offer solutions with far-ranging possibilities
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here's something wrong with the world today,” sings Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in “Living on the Edge,” a song invoked by an Italian team that entered this year’s AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) design ideas competition. The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections is the committee’s fifth biennial competition, and as part of the 2012 “Future Now!” Presidential Theme, ENYA looked for solutions that would improve the future of the city as a whole and perhaps make a positive impact on the world. Staying true to this design ideas competition tradition, ENYA worked closely with the local community to develop a program, presenting and receiving feedback at Community Board 9 meetings (one ENYA member also sits on CB9). Nourishing USA served as the hypothetical client, and the organization – established in Harlem before expanding nationwide – helped steer the parti to promote healthy lifestyle choices and increase access to nutritious food. For the site selection, committee members took advantage of an underutilized site that could dovetail with
(above and top) “Sym’bio’pia” by Linearscape took the $5,000 ENYA Prize.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2012
Letter from the President: The Future: Here and Now
Of Ladybugs and Learning
Manhattanville Shuffl e: A no-real-community-here might just become one
Opener: The New Learning Landscape
Oh, the Places We’ll Go!
One Firm, Two Schools of Thought
Schools Made to Order
Expanding Architecture Beyond Form and Function
New Kids on the Boards
Real Solutions at Harlem’s Edge
The Future of Architecture Since 1889
Aalto and America
The Mythic Modern: Architectural Expeditions into the Spirit of Place
Schlepping Through Ambivalence: Essays on an American Architectural Condition
The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections 2012 Biennial Ideas Competition
A pioneering example of Modernism in New York is the 1931 New School for Social Research building by Joseph Urban
The Young and the Edgeless
Alphabetical and Categorical Index
Oculus - Fall 2012
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