Winning Submissions Envision Gateway for Abandoned Railway in Queens
Karissa Rosenfield reports for Archdaily. The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter has announced the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. In an effort to imagine the ways in which The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the Queensway could transform an abandoned railway in Central Queens into a vibrant urban greenway, entrants were challenged to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5 mile stretch along the rail. Of the 120 submitted proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the following winners to represent the diverse array of ideas generated: ENYA Prize ($5000): The Queensway Steps / Carrie Wibert of Paris, France 2nd Prize ($2500): Queens Billboard / Nikolay Martynov of Basel, Switzerland 3rd Prize ($1000): Make It! Grow It! / Song Deng and René Biberstein of Toronto, Canada Student Prize ($1000): Ebb & Flow / Jessica Shoemaker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA Honorable Mention: Upside Down Bridge / Hyuntek Yoon of Queens, New York, USA Jury:
- Claire Weisz, FAIA, Co-founding Partner at WXY, part of the QueensWay feasibility study team
- Lisa Switkin, Associate Partner and Managing Director at James Corner Field Operations
- Matthew Johnson, Senior Associate at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, project manager of the Highline project
- Margaret Newman, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief of Staff to the Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation
- Ting Chin, Co-founder of Linearscape, winners of the 2012 ENYA prize
- Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space
- Frank Lupo, FAIA, Steering Committee Member of Friends of the QueensWay
- Andy Stone, New York City Director of The Trust for Public Land
Restitching the Bronx
City agencies advocate removal of the reviled Moses-era Sheridan Expressway.
The proposal would improve connection and increase waterfront access in the Bronx.
Only a few weeks before administrations changed hands at the mayor’s office, New York City released a comprehensive inter-agency report seeking to overhaul the Sheridan Expressway, the short but divisive freeway that cuts through the southern Bronx. This new study, which solidifies a number of recommendations introduced last spring, is part of a larger effort to reinvigorate a part of the borough that has been split apart by the unsightly expressway, creating perilous pedestrian crossings and exposing residents to hazardous air pollution. The scope of this report is more far-reaching than simply the revamping of the Sheridan. It also calls for rezoning to allow for mixed-use development, which the agency says will lead to an increase in jobs.
Plan showing the segment of the Sheridan proposed to become a boulevard.
Left to right: Map showing portion of the Sheridan Expressway affected by the report; Moses-era map showing portion of the highway that was never built; map showing proposed changes.