Posts tagged with "BIG":
Like the ESCR, the LMCR visioning process will begin with extensive community engagement to figure out what, exactly, neighbors want to see on the rivers' edge. The firms plan to take lessons from the ESCR, now in its final stages of design, to this one. Besides the resiliency measures that provided the impetus for the construction, Bergmann said the East Side ESCR constituents expressed a strong desire for more green space, open space, and recreation areas.
Initial renderings for the ESCR depict sinuous parks, lighting to illuminate dark and foreboding highway underpasses, and novel play spaces that bring citizens close to the waterway. BIG and ONE Architecture are working in concert to design the 2.5-mile strip, which costs an estimated $505 million, in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.
For that project and for the LMCR, Bergmann says there's no one design solution that fits all of the waterfront, especially the working waterfront. What Bergman called the LMCR “pinch points”—the tighter areas beneath the raised FDR Drive, or the Staten Island Ferry Terminal—present distinctive design challenges, though he said it’s too early to speak to specific solutions. Public meetings began this summer, and with the next set of meetings planned for February, "we hope the community can see there is traction and movement forward from a devastating event like Hurricane Sandy."The city says that by 2018 the LMCR team is to deliver an actionable concept design for the project area, with design and implementation to follow.
The plan, as its realized in stages, differs from the original BIG U, the sexy proposal that wowed both architects and the bureaucrats at HUD. When it first debuted, the floodproofing infrastructure extended all the way up to West 57th Street. “My hope," Bergmann said, "is that the vision will reach its full intention because that completely protects the entire lower Manhattan area."
The only component that's fully funded is the ESCR, so in order to realize both components—and possibly the whole BIG U vision—government at every level would need to open their budgets. Although Trump's infrastructure plan seems like it will focus on prisons, pipelines, and border walls, maybe the president-elect will put aside his climate change denial for a moment to help out his hometown?
- Caruso St John Architects (U.K.)
- Hawkins\Brown(U.K.) with Asif Khan (U.K.)
- Diener & Diener Architekten (Switzerland) with Sergison Bates Architects (U.K.)
- Lacaton & Vassal Architectes (France) with Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio (U.K.)
- studio Milou architecture (France) with RL&Associés (France) and Axis Architects (U.K.)
- Create contemporary interventions and additions where appropriate which are exemplary and visually stunning.
- Reflect the site’s evolution from a place of physical exchange to a culture and knowledge exchange.
- Address new ways of engaging digitally-minded visitors and representing London as the world’s most inventive, creative capital.
- Reduce operating costs by improving the building’s operational efficiency and sustainability, with a target of the project achieving a BREEAM (UK LEED equivalent) Excellent rating.
- Increase income generation and visitor dwell time through enhanced retail, catering and event facilities.
- Ensure the experience of visiting and navigating the museum is equal for all.
- Ensure appropriate technical, environmental and security requirements are met so that the new museum meets Government Indemnity Standards.