Imagine a Manhattan given over to a new Central Park, with a crystalline
city floating above it.
The Urban Research Group team assembled its model in Grand Central Terminal.
Or a series of self-propelled islands floating around Manhattan, docking
as needed and providing extra space for concerts and green markets (or
cordoning off visiting dignitaries so that their caravans don’t disrupt
Or that the populations of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx
have been moved into Manhattan and stacked 65 stories high, so that
those four boroughs could be used purely as green space.
These were among the 10 radical, sometimes quirky, visions of New York
100 years from now, presented by teams of architects and engineers in a
competition that ended on Thursday.
Organized in connection with “Engineering an Empire,” a History Channel
series that examines the achievements of ancient civilizations, the
competition called for each team to design a 22nd-century “City of the
Future” for a prize of $10,000. Similar competitions are to be held in
Chicago on Nov. 17 and in Los Angeles on Dec. 8. A national champion
will ultimately be selected from among the three winning teams and
awarded another $10,000.
Demographers say that New York will grow by a million residents within
the next 25 years, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wants to plan for
them. An as-yet unreleased report commissioned by Deputy Mayor Daniel
Doctoroff makes some interesting recommendations—like decking over the
Sunnyside yards and parts of the Brooklyn-Queens expressway— but doesn’t
get into the nitty gritty of who might actually pay for them. Is the
report, Visions for New York City, really that, or is it a map for the
next generation of developers? By William Menking and Anne Guiney.
Photography by M. E. Smith.
in-enaction mailing list
Architexturez collaborative at http://portal.architexturez.org/