Urban Quotient

WEST HARLEM AG-LAB + Transport Hub

New York, NY (Competition Entry 2012)
Adaptation of the 135th Street Marine Transfer Facility
Exhibition & Publication Selection

Collaboration with Haecceitas Studio

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The former 135th Street Marine Transfer Facility functioned as an indoor and an outdoor facility, utilizing both water and land-based transport to carry the city’s waste products to remote locations. The new proposed facility maintains these aspects of the old, but inverts them physically and programmatically. The old shed structure is split into quarters, inverted, and slid along the existing platform structure so that what was formerly the central indoor space becomes an outdoor pier for recreation and ferry loading. New volumes are attached to the old to allow for program insertions that constitute a community center run by Nourishing NYC.  This new facility is connected to a range of outdoor spaces along the shore, which are also connected back to West Harlem via a series of proposed parks and pedestrian walkways.  The new West Harlem Transportation Hub and Agriculture Laboratory converts a former waste facility into a productive engine for the community that includes food cultivation, job training, public transport, and recreation.

UQ’s entry was selected to be part of the Emerging New York Architects Exhibition & Publication by the Center for Architecture in New York City.