April 28, 2010

Governors Island Facelift Receives Greenlight

From The Architect’s Newspaper: After winning the competition to redesign Governors Island in 2007, the team of West 8, Rogers Marvel, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mathews Nielsen, and Urban Design+ toiled for more than a year to craft a park and public space masterplan for roughly half of the 172-acre island off the tip of Manhattan. Then last spring, just as designers were putting finishing touches on their scheme, the project came to a halt while the Bloomberg and Paterson administrations wrangled over control of the island.

Governors Island New York redesign

Those languishing designs—including a mothballed exhibition inside the island’s Building 110 and a flashy website completed last May—finally emerged from limbo on April 11, when the mayor and governor made a hasty announcement that control had been ceded to the city. The deal came so quickly that Adriaan Geuze, the West 8 principal in charge of the project, could not make it over from Holland in time for the press conference that Sunday.

Governors Island New York redesign

“Like all deals, it was at 99 percent for a while and then suddenly it went to 100,” said Leslie Koch, president of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation.

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Governors Island New York redesign

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