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: liverpoolnewyork.wordpress.com
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.
- Greenway, Liverpool Project: Ambika Mathur – Landscape and Urbanism MA
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.
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.