| Author: Christopher Battaglia
| Critic: Marc Tsurumaki
| Architecture school of Cornell university
| Project Report:
The burden of Manhattan’s trash and recyclables has historically been placed upon the underprivileged neighborhoods of the outer boroughs. With the creation of the Gansevoort Marine Transfer Station (MTS), all of Manhattan’s residential recyclable waste will be barged from Manhattan to processing facilities in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
This proposal aims at creating a waste recycling, deployable agricultural center (agricenter) and organic waste composting center, in addition to the MTS program. Some of the agricenters are focused on the topic of health and safety in agricultural practices. These centers not only conduct research on the subject of occupational disease and injury prevention, but also promote agricultural health and safety through educational outreach programs. Tapping into the already extensive barge network existing in NewYork Harbor, these deployable parks can be transported to the communities that still receive the majority of Manhattan’s waste. Compost produced in the towers of the MTS would nourish the park, along with creating the organic material needed to fertilize the entire New York City park system. Working with agricultural farms in the Hudson Valley, seasonal crops can be floated down the Hudson River to Gansevoort Street potentially bringing apple orchards to Manhattanites.