Earlier this year, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) announced the winning designs in a competition to re-design a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned rail line in Queens. We only got to see a snippet of the winning QueensWay entries, but now the committee is now inviting the public to take a closer look at an exhibition opening this week on Thursday, July 17th at the Center for Architecture. The showcase will display all of the imaginative floating park plans that were selected.
The exhibition opens at 6PM and will showcase the top four designs, one honorable mention, and a slideshow of all 120 entries. The competition drew in concepts from 28 countries all over the world. The show is also being presented as part of the 2014 AIA New York Chapter Presidential Theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision.”
One of the designs visitors will see will be Carrie Wibert’s “QueensWay Steps” concept to turn the former LIRR train tracks into a raised aqueduct-style pedestrian walkway 15 feet above street level. Nikolay Martynov, on the other hand, came up with the unique idea to use the elevated tracks as a platform for an even taller billboard. Martynov also imagines rising paths will allow pedestrians to ascend upwards to see panoramic views of Central Queens.
Another plan exhibition visitors can look forward to is Song Deng and Rene Biberstein’s Make It! Grow It!, which aims to plant an urban farm and market on the tracks. There’s also Hyontek Yoon’s Upside Down Bridge, which removes parts of the platform to create a sloping path.
ENYA also plans to host a symposium at the Center for Architecture on Saturday, July 19th from 12PM to 4PM to present the winning entries for future development of the site and neighborhood.