Freshkills Park Blog

Current landscape and waterfront exhibits

Superstudio's "The Continuous Monument: On the Rocky Coast" (1969), on view at the MoMA.

A couple of exciting exhibitions and projects featuring the built and natural environments are currently underway at the MoMA and P.S.1.  The MoMA exhibition, “In Situ: Architecture and Landscape”, opened last April and will be running through February 22nd.  A small but succinct show, it’s worth visiting.

P.S.1’s recent program “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront” included a studio residency for Architecture Research Office (ARO), which developed designs for “adaptive ‘soft’ infrastructures” to address rising tidewaters in New York and New Jersey, taking into account the needs of both the metropolis and the coastline ecology.  An exhibit of models, drawings and analytical materials produced during the residency will be opening at the MoMA March 24th.  In the meantime, the Rising Currents Blog continues to offer interesting reflections on the intersections of urban and hydrological systems.

February 5, 2010 Posted by | events, FKP, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Checking in on PlaNYC 2030

Two years into Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 initiative, the Sustainability Practice Network is hosting a panel at NYU the evening of April 21st to discuss the status of PlaNYC initiatives and review lessons learned.

Launched on Earth Day, 2007 Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 promised to address the major environmental sustainability issues facing the city, with 127 initiatives on housing, open space, water, air quality, transportation, brownfields, and the city’s impact on climate change. In its first year, PlaNYC launched 118 of these initiatives, and in 2008 issued a report on progress. Some programs (such as transitioning the city’s taxi fleet to hybrid vehicles) have had great success, and others (such as congestion pricing) have come up against challenges. Part of Mayor Bloomberg’s promise was to hold PlaNYC accountable for results.

(via sustaiNYC)

April 6, 2009 Posted by | events | , , | 1 Comment

Conference on 21st century parks


The spring conference of the Forum for Urban Design is called The 21st Century Park & the Contemporary City.  The first evening’s panel is free, and there will be some big name landscape architects on it: Ken Greenberg, George Hargreaves, Michael Van Valkenburgh and James Corner, principal of Field Operations, who are designing Freshkills Park as well as the High Line.  Discussion to focus on ways in which innovative and creative designs are redefining parks.  May 13th, 6:30pm at the MoMA.

(via The Dirt)

March 26, 2009 Posted by | events | , , , | Leave a comment

Upcoming Growing and Greening events

The Growing and Greening New York exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York continues on until April 22nd (Earth Day).  If you’re interested in the conversation about how New York City needs to adapt for a more sustainable future, you’ll want to check out the show.  There are a bunch of upcoming evening talks and panels as part of the exhibit on a variety of great topics: alternative energies, bus rapid transit, brownfield cleanup, PlaNYC, local food.

(via sustaiNYC)

March 19, 2009 Posted by | events | , , , | Leave a comment

Next Freshkills Park Talk: Thursday, March 26


An archival photo of Fresh Kills Landfill during its operating peak.

Please join us for a talk on the history of landfill operations at the former Fresh Kills Landfill.  Dennis Diggins, Deputy Director, Bureau of Waste Disposal at NYC Department of Sanitation, will discuss the history of waste management at New York City’s former landfill.  Part of our monthly lecture series.  No RSVP required.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 7:30 pm @ The Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place (a short walk from the Ferry Terminal)

Contact : (212) 788-8277 or

For current and upcoming Freshkills Park events, please check under the Tours & Programs tab on our official City homepage.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | events | , , , | Leave a comment