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Landbridge 2009

Project proposal by the artist Alois Kronschlaeger & the architect Sebastian Schroeter.

Concept:

New York is celebrating next year the 400-year anniversary of New Amsterdam. Peter Stuyvesant served as the last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland.

We propose a temporary bridge to connect Peter Stuyvesant Park in Manhattan.

Peter Stuyvesant Park is divided by 2nd Avenue. There is a crosswalk at 16th Street where people walk from one side of the park to the other. The location of the temporary “Land Bridge” is planed just north of 16th Street to cross 2nd Avenue. For the temporary bridge, scaffolding will be used for the framework. A layer of soil will cover the entire raised platform, where grass will be planted. The trees along the passage way will be incorporated into the bridge design, large cutouts in the ramp will allow the trees to grow without hindrance. This will enable the pedestrian to view the trees midway of the ground at eyeside, gaining access to a stunning topographical observation of the park. The span of the “TLB” will stretch from the walkway that goes around the fenced base of the identical fountains that are located in each park side. The asymmetrical ramps of the “Land Bridge” will rise slowly and extending the parks green area, like two tectonic plates that press against each other through a seismic shift, creating this interlocking landmass across 2nd Avenue. Talking about Old Amsterdam and New Amsterdam, one can see this “Land Bridge” symbolically connecting the Old World with the New, joining the two park half’s into one. The trajectory of the old to the new is the sustainability of this bridge, a green roof that is also an expansion of the park. A new land, a new frontier that ties it's past of the now.

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