On Friday, May 3, Architizer and the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS NY) will bring you five teams of architects and their innovative urban schemes that could be the next High Line. A part of Ideas City 2013, "Pitch the City" asks architects to pitch their proposals to change New York City.
The intense pitching sessions will take place inside Nolita's St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, where the creative designers behind the "Low Line," "Plus Pool," the "New Lab at Brooklyn Navy Yard," "Reinvent Payphones: NYFi," and the "IRT Powerhouse Reimagined" will present their inspired visions before an esteemed jury of experts. Each pitch will be followed by several minutes of questions and feedback from the jury. At the end, y-o-u (and the rest of the audience) will vote to choose your favorite idea.
The winner will receive editorial assistance in launching a campaign, as well as the opportunity to present their proposal at the annual MAS Summit for New York City in October. They will also be given exposure and media coverage from MAS and on Architizer and their affiliated social media networks. So mark your calendars! Be at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, May 3, 7 PM. Head over here to RSVP.
New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Maria Aiolova and Mitchell Joachim
"Innovation doesn't happen in isolation. It happens through interactions and exchange. Terreform ONE has shaped a unique community of architects, engineers, media artists, biologists, ecologists, robotics experts, industrial designers, physicists, inventors and educators seeking alternatives to traditional forms of teaching and professional practice. Our group develops innovative solutions and technologies for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, and water. Great physical space encourages this cross-fertilization of ideas. We are working with Macro Sea Inc. to transform the Brooklyn Navy Yard Turbine Building 128, a stunning former shipbuilding factory, into New Lab, a collaborative design and technology center to house our community."
Presented by Archie Lee Coates and Dong-Ping Wong
"Plus Pool is the first pool in the world to clean the very water it floats in, reclaiming the rivers of New York and establishing a new standard for improving the world's greatest cities. The project has grown from a simple, local idea to one backed by thousands of global supporters, encapsulating a new model for designing and implementing architecture for the public good. Initiated by the design offices of Family and PlayLab, + POOL is being developed in partnership with Arup, IDEO, Architizer and Storefront for Art and Architecture and targeted for completion in 2016."
Presented by James Ramsey
"The Lowline aims to convert an abandoned trolley terminal in into the world's first underground park. This hidden historic site is located underneath Delancey Street in the Lower East Side-- an area of the city that is particularly lacking in green space. The Lowline will help “green” this neighborhood by introducing an innovative solar technology-- a “remote skylight”-- into the former trolley terminal. This approach concentrates natural sunlight at the surface, channels it underground and then redistributes it, generating enough light to support photosynthesis and enabling plants and trees to grow. The Lowline envisions not merely a new public space, but an innovative display of how technology can transform our cities in the 21st century. "
The IRT Powerhouse Reimagined
Presented by Alyssa Bishop
"The IRT Powerhouse Reimagined: What started as a mission to landmark a building desperately due its recognition has turned into an exploration to reimagine the city’s “Palace of Power.” The IRT Powerhouse, built in 1904 by architects McKim, Mead and White, was meant to be a visible monument to the city’s newly constructed subway system. Landmark designation for this architectural gem, owned by Con Edison, has been on the agenda of the City's Landmark Preservation Commission for more than 30 years; The Hudson River Powerhouse Group looks to introduce this building to a 21st century New York. Working with graduate classes at Columbia and New York University, we imagine a cultural anchor that recognizes its NYC history while offering an more economically sustainable use of the space."
Reinvent Payphones: NYFi
Presented by Jennifer Sage and Peter Coombe
"Reinventing the Payphone is not only about a sleeker design or a digital display, it is about radically reimagining a public amenity; how it will be used, and what it will provide. Unlike today’s payphone, the NYFi will be an interactive portal to public information, goods, and services, a hub for free wireless internet access. Built‐in features such as virtual taxi stand, local transit arrival monitoring, bike share, and digital message board make the NYFi the ultimate interactive public information portal, while an open software and hardware infrastructure ensures flexibility and adaptability for future applications and functionality."