FOREST UNDER THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE

FOREST UNDER THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE

We submitted this proposal for a competition which asked for ways to improve cities.  The underside of the Williamsburg Bridge could be a shaded respite from the hot summer in the city and a year-round forest, if not for noise of the trains and cars above and the lack of access to the spaces below. Our proposal takes advantage of the raised roadway to create a linear shaded park beneath the bridge.  First - replace the flat asphalt parking with a permeable undulating planted park, planted with species that thrive on a typical mid-atlantic forest floor.

Second - to address the noise from the bridge, wrap it in an acoustic layer that doubles as a rain-water drainage, collection, and redistribution system, controlling run-off, watering the lush forest floor below and misting park users in the heat of the summer. Beneath the undulating groundplane, retail spaces at the edge of the park connect it back to its context and activate otherwise unused space in the city.

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