Sunday, June 17, 2007

World Central Park, Governors Island

Governors Island lies half a mile off the southern tip of Manhattan. For more than 150 years, the island served as a military post and in 1966 became home to the U.S. Now, the island is to turn into a public park. 5 design proposals are choosen to be the best design for the park - The Island at the Center of the World.

"...the awesome view, the recreational respite, the quiet, and the romance of the island that we seek to amplify." Hargreaves Associates / Michael Maltzon Architecture Inc.

"an autonomous 'rogue' territory devoted to harbor life, exertion & immersive physical exposure to weather." Field Operations / WilkinsonEyre Architects

"This is not a landscape proposal. This is a development strategy." Romus Ella Architects (REX) / Michele Desvigne Paysagistes (MDP)

"Where else but in this cosmopolitan World City par excellence will contemporary green culture accelerate?" West 8 / Rogers Marvel Architects / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

".. not only inventing a landscape, but rather transforming a precious resource, an island in the city." WRT / Urban strategies, Inc.

more info: Slate, official park website

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