This project reflects the historic and current needs of the Newtown Creek, heavy industry and clean water. These needs have been at odds and in designing for the future, we believe these needs can coexist. Sea level rise and economic transitions provide a catalyst for change in this part of New York City. Industry can and should be reorganized in a more efficient, more intense, and more environmentally conscious way.
The project imagines the Newtown Creek being reconstituted into several islands of concentrated heavy industry. The buffer zone created by this land reclamation effort will clean the creek, give residents recreation space, and protect the neighborhood from flood events of increasing regularity and intensity. The project imagines this transformation manifesting architecturally as a new center for urban logistics. Facilities like the one proposed will combine high-intensity warehousing and transportation with wholesale retail, while also providing the public with new access points to a previously hidden creek.
Team member: Quan Hao Huynh