Multi-modal Transit Hub (Component 1)*
Competitors should develop solutions that increase waterfront access and connections to the West Harlem neighborhood by imagining a multi-modal transit hub. This hub should facilitate waterfront access via water and land-based transportation and integrate exiting transportation networks (vehicular, bus, bike and pedestrian flows) to improve local residents' access to the site. In order to "Cultivate Connections," entrants should consider how their designs will engage with or ignore the site's existing access points and unique conditions, including elevation changes and overpasses. Submissions should also address access for pedestrians, both public and site staff, as well as service vehicles or boats to the pier itself. All transportation connections should be conceptually tied to a multi-scale regional transportation network. Suggested spaces to include are: a multi-modal terminal building or hub and docking spaces for water taxis and other vessels. Entrants should consider how their designs will engage with or ignore the site's existing access points and unique conditions, including elevation changes and overpasses.
Food/Health/Education (Component 2)*
Component 2 addresses Nourishing NYC's operational space requirements. We would like competitors to imagine a facility for the operation of "Nourishing NYC," a Harlem non-profit organization whose goals are advocating health through nutrition and knowledge. Competitors should feel free to reinterpret how an organization like this might operate and expand its operations on this pier.
Entrants' unique additions to the program should creatively and resourcefully interpret Nourishing NYC's mission, and specifically include resources and spaces to package, and ship foods grown locally. Culinary libraries, volunteer centers, community gardens, and teaching kitchens should also be included in the program. Entrants must address seasonal climate and growing conditions, as well as the unique ecological conditions of the Hudson River Estuary which will figure heavily into the site's year round usability.
*Distributed amongst both programmatic components should be an underlying theme of job creation and economic development. Entrants are challenged to propose a programmatic activity which speaks to this important aspect of the competition. With that said, Harlem has a rich cultural history and an active local community, potential programmatic ideas to explore include: an entertainment based venue, restaurants, and/or flexible retail space for communal buying and selling.
Refer to Evaluation Criteria for more information on what jury will be using as guidelines for successful submissions.