Reinterpreting Governors Island

Site: Governors Island, NYC 
Program: Park Masterplan and Museum
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2008

 

 

While post-military sites may commonly be overlooked as banal and culturally vacuous landscapes and left as abandoned ruins, these sites offer rich opportunities for creating new conditions that can benefit their surroundings.  This project attempts to look at ways in which these once reclusive and isolated landscapes can be transformed in order to benefit the city, the surrounding community, and the site itself.  Through this transformation process, the site's historic identity and integrity is not erased but rather translated into new, productive forms.

The site of interested is Governors Island, an abandoned military base that is located a half mile from the tip of Manhattan in New York.  The methodology of this project will be to read Governors Island as an archaeological site in order to explore the different ways in which the existing condition can inform the new intervention.  Through investigation and research of the context and its buildings, the site will hopefully reveal new ways to interpret the existing conditions.

 

Transportation Networks in NYC

Transportation Networks in NYC

 
Existing Site Sections

Existing Site Sections

 
Existing Site Conditions

Existing Site Conditions

 
Proposed Site Plan and Underground Level

Proposed Site Plan and Underground Level

 
Proposed Site Sections

Proposed Site Sections

 
Museum Scheme Axonometric

Museum Scheme Axonometric