Gallery: A Wind-Power Vision for the Bronx’s Grand Concourse

 

Is it possible that the designers of NYC‘s city seal peered into the future to see how important wind energy would be to us in the year 2009? Most likely not, but their decision to include a windmill in the city’s crest did provide the perfect inspiration for Philadelphian firm Austin + Mergold LLC to rethink the Bronx’s Grand Concourse in a recent architectural competition held by the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The project envisions the wide, urban avenue as New York’s newest monument to clean energy, lined with an army of powerful weblike wind turbines – a.k.a. The Grand Resource.

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  1. Jeff Anderson August 24, 2009 at 7:51 am

    The concept of wind turbines to produce energy from a renewable source is flawed when cnsidered in the urban environment. Urban spaces are simply not windy enough and what wind there is is too turbulant to allow these devices to be effective. There are other more subtle ways of producing energy or reducung demand for energy in cities which should have been considered but none of these produce a scheme which is so grand as this which was probably the designers objective rather than to maximise its use.

  2. Jeff Anderson August 24, 2009 at 7:48 am

    The whole concept of providing wind turbines to produce energy from a renewble source is flawed when considered in an urban environment. Urban spaces are simply not windy enough and what wind there is is too turbulant (due to the buildings creating the urban environment) to allow turbines to produce meaningful quantities of energy.
    There are other more subtle methods of reducing energy demand or producing energy from renewable sources which could have been considered although wouldnt look as grand as this scheme.

  3. russ August 19, 2009 at 10:44 am

    For the longest time I thought architects had a real profession as an engineer. Now that I am paying attention to what they do I see they are just artists that have seen a construction site.

    The Darius turbine shown is pretty – too bad they work so poorly.

    Nothing but a big waste of public funds!

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