Liverpool_New York: landscape architecture designs

Liverpool_New York project

The Liverpool_New York project is a design collaboration across landscape and urbanism. Working with three distant but connected cities: Liverpool, New York and Hull, Kingston post-graduate Landscape Architecture and Landscape + Urbanism students interrogated spatial relationships, mobilities, temporalities, migrations and agencies to develop unique landscape narratives. The projects range in scale, from everyday engagements with neighbourhoods and streets to macro-scale strategic responses to regional environmental events.

There design projects extend beyond site boundaries and offer site-specific responses. They explore qualities of experience, measurement and site-based evidence, to initiate design propositions that engage with adaptation, resilience, production and change through time.   Design processes reflect distinct landscape urbanism practices to reimagine these cities and reinvent their interrelations.  Find  more at the NewYork Liverpool blog:

The following student projects are the first in a series exposing work of this year’s cohort taken from their portfolio of New York, Liverpool and Hull responses.

Ambika Mathur - Liverpool- Birkenhead

Ambika Mathur – Liverpool- Birkenhead

The Greenway project focuses on a 7km long disused railway line in Birkenhead, Liverpool. This rail line opened in 1838, connecting docks with the steelworks factory south of the Wirral. The factory shut in 1980, and gradually the rail line was abandoned and forgotten. Part of this line lies in a low cutting in the ground. It passes through the city centre as an overgrown green corridor.  In developing the design proposal, several factors like flood risk and the impact of future developments were considered. In the near future, Birkenhead is expected to see a lot of development with the Wirral Waters project which is a large scale project with a timeline of 30 years. Taking inspiration from the High Line Park in New York, the design strategy in this project has been to integrate existing infrastructure and ecologies, to create spaces that respond to the urban landscape at various scales. At the human scale, the corridor is a recreational public space. At a regional scale, re-using the old rail tracks, it becomes a transport channel with tram links, cycle and pedestrian pathways.


  • Renaissance of PORT – New York, Central Harbor: Isabella Yi Zhang

Red Hook used to be one of most important port of New York City. However, with the transformation of modern port industry and global water-transportation network, Red Hook experienced a significant decline during the past decades. Therefore, it needs a plan which is able to solve both social and economic issues of the site.

Isabella Yi Zhang - New York

Isabella Yi Zhang – New York

On the contrary, the waterfront of Manhattan Island is suffering from a clash of over-loaded urban activities and from an ambition of adding more “green” into city. The moving of water transportation core from Manhattan Island to Red Hook will be beneficial to both areas. Manhattan will be able to accommodate new green infrastructure, enhancing scenic beauty of New York City. Besides this, a new port on Red Hook will be able to offer new employment along with a redevelopment of the area. Moreover, having a new harbor which has a highly organized and expendable space for further development would satisfy demands of both city and water transportation companies.

Isabella Yi Zhang:  New York  Diagram NY Transport Hub Proposal

Isabella Yi Zhang: New York Diagram NY Transport Hub Proposal




  1. Jordan Pregelj

    thats all fine but the fundamentals have not been solved…should New York stay or go? why build and spend billions to defend development against natural forces..New York exists in a hazard prone area.

    Similarly recycling may be fine but its not fit for purpose..the railcorridor creates a security risk and a huge maintenance cost to maintain rundown infrastructure. The redevelopment does not go far enough to have a positive is merely a feel good excercise.

    • landscapeiskingston

      The projects included in the blog post are student responses to a set brief. Students are encouraged to explore beyond existing boundaries and to interrogate and question planning strategies and infrastructure. The project outputs are proposals designed to encourage debate and to pose questions.

      Your response highlights genuine concerns relating to aspects of sustainability – relevant feedback and practical criticism is always welcomed when reviewing the outcomes of teaching module.

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