East River Development Project
This paper describes a proposed 30-acre pile-supported development on the East River in New York City. The development is to consist of 32% residential and retail space, 34% park area, and 34% promenade and marina. The base for this development is linked barges, to be built in shipyards and floated into position. Once in position, they are ballasted and come to rest on piles.
The purpose of the paper is to show how in many large and densely populated coastal cities sea expansion can be a viable alternative to land development, and may be the only way to create sound new environments in crowded cities like Manhattan. Waterfront developments have the potential for superior design, as they can provide both intimacy and openness, and a balanced blend of land, water, air, and light.
In the discussion of the East River Development Project, the authors will touch both upon the engineering and design problems of the project, as well as its financial and political aspects.
In the first category, special attention will be given to a unique feature of the project, namely its energy efficiency. The East River, the sun, and seasonal winds will provide the energy for much of the cooling and heating of the buildings, a feature that will not only save money but make the project ecologically attractive.
In the second category, such aspects as cost saving and legal problems will be discussed. Special attention will be given to the advantage of utilizing shipyards to build part of the project, as the depressed shipbuilding industry is presently capable of producing quality at a reasonable price.
KeywordsPolitical Aspect Park Area Seasonal Wind Concrete Pilis Navigable Water
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