The Edge park brings people to the river and links the ecosystem with the fabric of the community. As the landscape architect for both the new residential towers and the public waterfront park, we faced the challenge of ensuring the towers act not as symbolic fences blocking public access and views of the East River and Manhattan, but as gateways to the river with corridors providing visual connections to the iconic skyline.
At the water’s edge, the city grid and the river’s ecosystem converge, mingle, and clash. The road turns into a pedestrian greenway; a garage is topped with a sloping lawn; piers reach gently into the water from deep within the park, and a stone-lined riverbank contrasts with the concrete bulkhead. The buildings are elevated out of the flood plain, creating a tiered landscape that blends the city into the waterfront. Blurring the boundaries between land and water in these ways extends the waterfront’s benefits inland. This former industrial site is now 50% permeable with many native plant species and is an important part of the LEED Silver rating for the project.
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2021 American Architecture Award
The Chicago Athenaeum
2020 WLA Awards -Finalist, Category: Built – Large
2012 ASLA NY Chapter Merit Award
2012 “Making City” Exhibit at Rotterdam Biennale
2008 “Ecotones: Mitigating NYC’s Contentious Sites” Center for Architecture