Tonight kicks off the start of this year’s The Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections competition, with a launch party at the Center for Architecture. Sponsored by the Emerging New York Architects Committee, the fifth biennial ideas competition asks entrants to propose ideas to redevelop the abandoned Department of Sanitation marine transfer station on 135 Street at the Hudson River.
The project seeks to engage the Harlem community and help turn its waterfront into a non-industrial area. Partnering with non-profit NourishingNYC, entrants will be asked to address public access to the waterfront, create programming, as well as introduce the area and subsequent community to sustainable urban agriculture. NourishingNYC is a program that seeks to achieve proper nutrition for all New Yorkers, so the Harlem waterfront will be the hub of this program which combines food, education and environmental advocacy. They are already known for healthy cooking and produce programs, which should inspire the submissions to the contest.
The loosely defined competition does require that entrants dream up ideas that support a food and nutrition education complex and a multi modal transportation hub. The creative programming ideas are at the will of the entrant. In the past, the ENYA competition has challenged emerging designers to submit proposals to revamp the HB:BX Building, South Street Seaport, Southpoint and the Groen Hoek East River Boathouse.
Registration for the competition begins today, and all are welcome to attend the launch party tonight, at 536 LaGuardia Place, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.