This panorama shows people interacting with the landscape. This shows that the end result can succeed.
Today, we experienced valuable participation that was volunteer work of installing street planting pot. It was tiny scale of protecting rising water, but it also can provide beautiful and pleasant street view to neighborhood. And I realized that even though it is micro scale of way of protection, it takes a lot of efforts and resources such as making organic compost and raising plants. Many people dedicate to saving and cleaning their neighborhood, on the other hand, some recreation pollute nature and negatively impact on their community. We can see a lot of boats, cruises and helicopters in waterfront parks. They are not only making some noise but also ruining habitat. This negative influence is kind of chronic problem with traffic noise. We need to think about how we can deal with this phenomenon in the landscape design.
I’m pretty satisfied with this video I took on Roosevelt Island tram in the 1st day in NYC. It’s a wonderful 4 minutes that I have enjoyed several times these days.
In the final film, I am going to talk about my understanding of landscape based on the experience in this week, there will be several episodes (noise, history, context, activity, emotion, etc.), and this panoramic shot will be divided into corresponding parts, acts as the opening film leader, gives audience a continuous sense of place, a metropolitan context.
Located at an industrial area in Brooklyn, Gowanus Canal is now recognized as one of polluted canals in United States. The canal is now still used for transportation of industrial goods and remains the industrial landscape. Recently the canal is labeled as a Superfund site focusing on the environmental cleanup, stating planting trees along two side of the canal. Turning the canal into the nature friendly, friendly, the canal becomes to appeal more people move in the neighborhood and change the view of the street, new residential construction and retails around. At the same time, the old industry has been moving out of the canal area and some factories are left vacant.
This is a panorama of the an NYC subway station. I thought it was interesting because on the line there were a bunch of childhood fables. Things like Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty which was pretty cute. I enjoyed the mix of art inside a train station that is usually unattractive. When we think of subways in NYC we usually think of smelly, dirty places but these spots with some artistic expression in them really bring out a different side of NYC and makes the subway feel ore inviting. Bringing something like this to many different areas can have really great effects.
This is a panorama shot of the Gowanus Canal which asperity interesting because it is right next to a new Whole Foods. Which means that they will pay extra attention to cleaning it out and keeping it clean. It really shows what can happen when big companies come to an area like this. Usually because they attract more people it really changes the necessity of cleaning and helping the environment around it to make sure it stays aesthetically pleasing. I found the triangle in the canal pretty interesting. It was just something that draws the eye to you. I'm not sure about the purpose of it but it seems to be either a sculpture or something that was once useful or maybe still it. The canal itself gives the people sitting at the whole foods board walk a bit more to look at instead of just the salt lot which is on the other side of the canal. It is a huge difference between the sides. One has been rebuilt for people to walk on and enjoy their day but the other side is still industrial. It puts into perspective how the benefits of having new establishments in an area can create more beautiful spaces while not having them there can leave a place bare.
This is a panorama of the Brooklyn Bridge Park I just wanted to emphasize the view of manhattan and how this park takes advantage of both sides of the East River. When people in Brooklyn look over they see the skyline of lower Manhattan while when people form Manhattan look over they get to see this well designed park in Brooklyn. These two parks work well together to create a nice view on both sides and I feel like that is important when designing or creating a space. Making sure that both sides get the nice view to look at can really make a space become meaningful and whole.
Today we volunteered weeding and planting planters which effects the Brooklyn neighborhood we visit greatly. A women stopped by us to thank us for doing it because her and her family love them. It is really cool to see how something so small can get such appreciation. It felt good to help out because what they do is not easy but it does impact the neighborhood in a very positive way which is always a beneficial thing.
PAIN / GAIN
According to my personal working experience before, one of the key factors, which even decided the project success or not, I realized is how to maintain. Landscape maintenance is not only about the money, but more important is “consensus”/”co-conscious”, which represent the time and effort people contributed to. So how to reach the consensus, I think the most efficient and economical way is community empowerment. Through comprehensive community empowerment, people will become more and more recognition of their environment, and thus willing to pay their effort caring it. Therefore, can people, especially the residents, be willing to participate really play a vital role.
As the video displays, we can see how a self-sufficient organization is functioning, from the production tools to sales model, from volunteer who comes from all over to group leader. It really needs a lots effort be contributed and supports from the public. Only when more and more people participate in and much better quality of environment is improved, the goal of self-management could be achieved. Indeed, as the volunteerism have kept working for several years, they really get the respond, for example, the Lily (maybe) grows in the planter is actually came from the neighbor.
By the way, I do really like today’s schedule that dedicating to volunteerism. So proud of that the advisor told me I am a part of program that making Brooklyn becomes more beautiful. It is so happy to enjoy the big meal after working, especially it is free!