Call for Participation @ Streetscape Territories Workshop New York

International Workshop New York, July 14th-25th 2014
part of “Common Streetscapes , the Low Lands & New York”, an integrated project of seminars, workshops, round tables, publications and events during 2014 as an international exchange project between Flanders/Netherlands and USA, New York. Organised by Streetscape Territories Research Project.


Framework for International Workshop

Streetscape Territories is the name given to an international research project that deals with accessibility, permeability and territorial boundaries of urban projects, explored in different contexts, studied as part of different cultures and defined by different social networks. This research project deals with models of proximity within a street, neighbourhood or region and starts from the assumption that urban space, from the domestic scale till the scale of the city, can be understood as a collective space, containing different levels of shared use that are defined by multiple physical, cultural or territorial boundaries. Streetscape Territories analyses existing public spaces, streets or buildings in different locations, organises workshops or seminars to discuss models of permeability and systematically involves local as well as foreign stakeholders or neighbours to guarantee a coherent social and cultural engagement.

This particular workshop focuses on waterfront streetscapes in: Coney Island, New York.

site map New York Coney Island

Coney Island Revisited.

Since Rem Koolhaas described Coney Island’s historic role and context, many new challenges appeared. Starting from the increasing number of storms attacking the area’s waterfront, the ongoing rise of the sea level, the aftermath of the financial crisis and its effect on investments and real estate projects in the area, till the changing immigration waves or new patterns of the way urban space is consumed, Coney Island has definitely changed a lot during the last decades. This set of multiple challenges is the starting point of a research and design project, focusing on the meaning and role of streetscapes, that is used as a conceptual framework for this international workshop. Many actors will be involved in this workshop, from the inhabitants till local real estate promoters, policy makers, design and planning professionals and academics. The selected group of participants will use this theme and selected area to explore, define and develop an urban or architectural intervention in the area, working with the mentioned multiple dimensions this area’s future is defined by. Coherence, sustainability and feasibility will be important criteria for discussion and reflection.
There are two selected study areas, both situated at the interior part of the island and characterized by a fragile connection with the mainland and with the waterfront: Coney Island Creek at the West side and Sheepshead Bay at the East side. Both areas embody an enormous potential as to their transforming industrial activity, some new commercial and leisure activities, the immediate access to nature and its metropolitan connectivity. Both areas include as well a wide range of territorial scenarios to align research and proposal approaches: from gated communities, privatization of beaches and public space, pockets of collective spaces, etc.

For more information about the call for participation: check here.

– call for participation: January 6th, 2014

– deadline for submitting motivation letter*: February 27th, 2014

– selection and notification of acceptance: March 1, 2014

– registration payment deadline: April 1st, 2014 (only for non-KU Leuven participants)

– deadline confirmation travel arrangements: April 15th, 2014 (for all participants)

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