proposed redevelopment of the Javits site into a new urban neighborhood offers
opportunity to place New York City at the forefront of sustainable
design, with a dense, mixed-use, pedestrian friendly neighborhood,
also integrate solar energy efficiently and effectively.
“towers in the park” project for the Hudson Yards is not the ideal model. And
neither is Battery Park City which lacks in diversity and is deserted by
pedestrians, with its purely residential areas separated by a group of office
- a dense
grid of vibrant streets, typical of NYC, instead of car oriented super
- a real
city park instead of left
space” between towers
solar design at an urban scale instead of some token photovoltaic
affixed on a Platinum LEED certified building as we saw in Battery Park
they were not facing the sun and the architect explained that they were
merely as a “statement”, not really to harvest the
solar’s efficiency is 100%, whereas“Active
solar” photovoltaic panels’
efficiency is of 15 to 16% of the energy received from the sun.
present major challenges to energy management (climate change + danger
to nuclear plants + instability in the oil producing middle-east + the
spill, etc..etc....) it is essential
develop sustainable neighborhoods which will be:
specifically designed so as to integrate
efficient passive solar concepts, for affordability in the long run
will not remain affordable if it does not integrate free solar energy),
protect the environment,
- and truly
walkable, pedestrian friendly, urban diversity and vibrant streets, for
economic and cultural development and for social integration.
New Sustainable Urban Forms are needed.
therefore have worked on this preliminary sketch of a sustainable urban
scheme for the Javits area.
comprises a dense grid of vibrant streets, a central urban park, two
a variety of urban functions on ground floor, like businesses, shops,
leisures, theaters, etc…