Beyond the Edge: New York's New Waterfront by Raymond W. Gastil

By Raymond W. Gastil

Prior to September eleven, 2001, big apple urban used to be within the means of remodeling its waterfront after a long time of overlook. The tragic occasions of that day introduced into sharper concentration the problem surrounding the advance of the water's part, in addition to a bunch of extra complex concerns related to monuments and icons, public house and public security, reconstruction and renewal. Will New York's destiny waterfront improvement be governed basically by means of problems with financial necessity, infrastructure, and politics, or can it include cutting edge layout to boot? Raymond W. Gastil, director of the Van Alen Institute, a company devoted to bettering the layout of the general public realm, makes a case for the significance of encouraged layout within the redevelopment of Manhattan's waterfront. Gastil's precise research of present layout proposals is determined opposed to the backdrop of the city's historical past, its public method, and its ecological priorities and is educated by means of interviews with undertaking architects and different key gamers. Taking as issues of reference the hot reinvigoration of London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Bilbao-all towns with high-profile waterfronts, the place designers, panorama architects, and artists were instrumental in growing memorable constructions, parks, and spaces-Gastil proposes an method of the redevelopment of latest York's waterfront that's as visionary because it is pragmatic.

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Jackson (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995), 397–401. 13. Roberta Brandes Gratz with Norman Mintz, Cities Back from the Edge: New 5. The boat ride, but not the tour of the statue, was restored by the end of Decem- Life for Downtown (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998), 59–83. ber 2001. 14. Will Alsop, interview by author, 4 June 2001. 6. John Tagliabue, “Genoa’s Protestors March Peacefully, but Vow Stronger 15. Reiser+Umemoto, “East River Corridor: Manhattan Segment—An Interwoven Action,” New York Times, 20 July 2001, A10.

Preservationists, and state to better contain the facility’s odors and also set a new park advocates, and developers faced enormous expenses to rem- standard for environmental sensitivity in Harlem waterfront projects. edy the problem by razing the piers before they were destroyed by the Despite its malodorous beginnings, the state park, set above a hand- borers, wrapping the pilings in plastic, or rebuilding them in concrete. some range of arches, completed an energetic design incorporating The worms’ return was the downside of a harbor that had, in fact, a variety of sports.

Lindsay Park in 2001). 5 the declining importance of the shipping industry for Manhattan. The city as a whole came to this realization more slowly. 4 In 1963, when the dominant role of containerized shipping was ever more of the present and not just the future, New York issued a plan for the Hudson River waterfront that, while it called for a THE WAITING YEARS: ART AND SCIENCE PIONEER THE WATERFRONT 5. EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH, set showing image of holland tunnel ventilation tower, manhattan, original production 1976, robert wilson nology of experiencing the shifting perspectives on the city, nature, and time offered by the piece.

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