On Monday July 16th, 2012 the Design Workshop commenced their summer session with a brief overview of the program and a couple of great site visits!
The first site visit was to the NYC Pavilion in Flushing Meadow Corona Park(pictured above). This site was the former location of the 1939 & 1964 World's Fair. The members of the Design Workshop were given a brief tour of the structure by John Krawchuk, the Director of Historic Preservation for the Park Department (pictured above). The discussion on site included a history of the structure, the surrounding buildings as well as a history of the World's Fair.
The City of New York is looking for innovated ideas on how to restore this site and bring this location back to it's former glory. To learn more check out http://www.newyorkstatepavilion.org/revivenewyorkstate.pdf.
Several of the structures built for the World's Fair are still in use today however the Pavilion & the three Observation Towers are closed to the public.
The second site visit took the Green Teens participating in the Design Workshop to PS 1, a satellite location of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The Design workshop took this tour to examine Wendy by Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushnew (HWKN) winners of the Young Archutects Program (YAP) in New York. Wendy is an inexpensive, environmentally conscious piece that will be used throughout the summer to clean the air in PS1 (equivalent to taking 260 cars off the road in NYC) and will be used as a cool down and aesthetic addition to the Warm Up music series. To read more check out the website http://momaps1.org/yap/view/15.
|The Design Workshop on a trip to PS 1|