Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Above: An area that usually acts as a peninsula becomes an island, connected to the rest of the park by a pedestrian pathway, when the tide comes in. This makes for a different park experience depending on what time of day a visitor comes to the park. It also allows for flooding when storms hit, without causing damage to the park or the surrounding city. TATHAM/SWA, COURTESY SWA/BALSLEY AND WEISS/MANFREDI January 2019 25 is dominated by slow, rocky descents into the sea, and a tide that works with the landscape. A continuous meandering causeway, elevated slightly above the river, offers a walk along the river's edge and protects nearly 1.5 acres of newly established wetlands. A New Kind of Park The park design transforms abandoned industrial land opposite Manhattan into a new model for urban waterfront development. The park anticipates the inevitable flooding patterns and rising water levels of the East River while leveraging its views to establish a multi-layered recreational and cultural destination and environmental habitat that completes the design team's collaboration. "It's a new kind of park," said lead landscape architect Tom Balsley of SWA/Balsley. "Hunter's Point South is at once resilient infrastructure and contemplative retreat—a dynamic, living platform with extraordinary power to touch the daily lives of so many people."

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