Las Aquatopias

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Submitted by

Bryan Quinn and Mitch Murdock, One Nature
Brooklyn, NY

Summary

Las Aquatopias transforms the Grand Concourse by integrating transportation, nature, infrastructure, commerce, and recreation into a single type of land use not before seen in New York City. Using the water cycle to define the landscape, our design arranges itself into distinctive Topias defined by a water.

Description

Las Aquatopias transforms the Grand Concourse by integrating transportation, nature, infrastructure, commerce, and recreation into a single type of land use not before seen in New York City. Our design arranges itself into distinctive Topias by using the water cycle to define landscape. It is a vision for heightened levels of community interaction, respect for the planet, and inside-out urban regeneration.

Las Aquatopias is a return to the Grand Concourse of the past, when roads were themselves a destination and not merely a means to an end. Our water defined landscape encourages residents and visitor’s to contemplate their relationship to each other and their larger environment while defining distinctive spaces for intensive urban living and allowing communities to develop more personal land-based identities.

Las Aquatopias recognizes the great number of people that depend on the Grand Concourse for a variety of uses on a daily basis. It’s a transportation corridor, a shopping center, a business hub, and an integral part of multiple diverse Bronx neighborhoods. To diminish the overly influential effect of cars and trucks on the community, our design encourages mass transit and non-motorized transportation by completely eliminating roadway for private vehicles and converting it into a permeable park-like open space. In doing so, the priority of this public space shifts from automobiles to pedestrians. Our design also uses solar panels and wind turbines in prominent locations throughout the park to produce clean energy while raising awareness of these technologies.

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