Visions of Urban Farmland for the Grand Concourse
The Grand Concourse in the Bronx was supposed to be the city’s Champs Élysées. Instead, it turned into a nine-lane motorway.
The 100-year-old boulevard may be in for a makeover though. Nearly 200 proposals for the Grand Concourse flooded the Bronx Museum of the Arts in response to the museum’s call for ideas as part of a global competition jointly sponsored with the Design Trust for Public Space.
Guess which idea placed second? One called Agricultural Urbanism, a proposal that would transform the concourse into four miles of contiguous urban farmland and public open space. The envisaged stretch of land would produce more than 500,000 pounds of organic produce, with water harvested from two million square feet of green roofs.
The six other finalists proposed plans that featured everything from windmills to tree farms and agricultural greenhouses. Animations, renderings, models and interactive installations of the top seven proposals are on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts through Jan. 3, 2010, as part of the “Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100” exhibition. Click here to see some of the renderings and learn about each of the proposals.
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