The Edge Park, designed by W, has been selected by an international jury to be part of the 11th exhibition and catalog of the Barcelona International Landscape Biennial. The Biennial will be held September 2021, and will showcase the best practices of the profession around the world.
The Edge Park connects the Williamsburg community to the waterfront, and creates a theater to the river, providing a wide range of opportunities for engaging with the river and its life in many forms. The park features three new piers – East River Ferry pier, the Empire Pier angled and extending towards the Empire State Building, and a sloped pier that takes you down to high tide elevation. The terraced park offers stunning views of the river and city, seating and spaces for gathering as well as reflection, and is packed with native plants that are full of pollinators. The tempo of the project is a reflection of the surging movement of the tidal strait, back and forth four times a day. This dynamism finds its way into the choreography of the pathways which loop and collide, heading out over the water and back through the forested edge. The varied places belie the narrow space of the park and are a tribute to the vitality of the river environment as an activity generator in itself. Read more about The Edge, the design intent, and focus on the water here and here.
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