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8 teams for resilient education and recreation centre along the Harlem River, New York

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) has released the names of eight NY-based design studios invited to submit plans for a resilience scheme along the Harlem River in Inwood/Washington Heights. The project looks to realise an education and recreation centre that is resistant to adverse weather conditions following the affects of Hurricane Sandy last year.

Once completed the outdoor recreation and learning centre will allow users to engage in bird-watching, bog and wetland exploration, oyster gardening and educational programmes, and enjoy the boat storage options onsite. A porous design has been requested to enhance the scheme’s resilience to future storms.

The firms invited to participate are:
Bade Stageberg Cox - Brooklyn
Desai/Chia Architecture - Manhattan
HOLLER Architecture - Brooklyn
KNE Studio - Manhattan
Lang Architecture - Manhattan
Taylor and Miller Architecture + Design - Brooklyn
Urban Data & Design - Manhattan
WORKac - Manhattan

“As stewards who have restored and renovated Sherman Creek Park for over 17 years, NYRP is always looking for ways to make it a stronger, more resilient asset for the community,” said NYRP Executive Director, Amy Freitag. “Extreme storms like Sandy demonstrate the need to design and build structures and landscapes that can withstand storm surge and promote public access to our spectacular waterfront.”

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