New Meatpacking District Public Spaces

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
CM | 3.50
Add to My Log

You'll learn about:

  • Evaluate and imagine aesthetic, social, and economic benefits of converting obsolete infrastructure into public spaces
  • Expand cultural institutions into the public realm, both to activate that space and to encourage public engagement with museums
  • Assess both spin-off benefits from investment in public space and the benefit of related investments; and
  • Anticipate the formerly-unintended positive effects of multiple, related, and neighboring public improvements.

The Meatpacking District has seen improvements and additions to its public spaces over the last twenty years.  Some, like the Hudson River Park, have been improved incrementally over decades and will continue to see major investment.  Others, like the Whitney Museum’s plaza, opened in 2015, while the Gansevoort Plaza is to be rebuilt.  The mobile workshop will focus on the public and private investment in public (and semi-public) spaces near a few-block-long stretch of Gansevoort Street. 

The educational purpose of the mobile workshop, further detailed under learning objectives and skills people will take back to their communities, below, is to expand participants' understanding of the potential that comes from both reusing infrastructure and expanding institlutions into the public realm.  Participants will meet with designers and project managers for the High Line and Hudson River parks, two creative reworkings of infrastructure, a railroad and port facilities, respectively, into dynamic public spaces.  Participants will also hear from and speak with architects for the Whitney Museum, focusing on the public plaza and the lobby, which features a free-to-the-public art gallery.  The mobile workshop will be entirely on-foot and cover the distance between the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Gansevoort Street on the High Line (going) and the Hudson River Park (returning).



Noreen Doyle , Hudson River Park Trust , New York , NY (see bio)