Roosevelt Island: Planning for Unique Places

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Historic precedents and origins for master planning on Roosevelt Island and in New York

  • How public agencies can best support interaction and communication that will lead to positive change

  • How public input on how they want to use the community space can and should inform a concept design

  • Opportunities and challenges that arise when planning institutional use at a localized scale, within multiple jurisdictions

Explore Roosevelt Island, a narrow, two-mile-long island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. Purchased by New York in 1828, the island has served as home to various institutions, including a penitentiary, lunatic asylum, and hospital. It was later subject to planning efforts that sought to create an auto-free, self-contained new community that was economically and racially balanced. More recent interventions include Cornell Tech, an innovative, sustainable campus incorporating state of the art academic space; the FDR Four Freedoms Park Memorial; and the Community Plan for Southpoint Open Space, which will guide the future of Southpoint Park and the historic smallpox hospital site over the next 10 years. 

On this mobile workshop, you will take a tramway ride, island bus tour, and a walking tour of the Cornell Tech campus site, Southpoint Open Space, and FDR Four Freedoms Park Memorial. Examine the planning issues and opportunities that influenced the island’s 20th century as well as the current initiatives, with a focus on the development of the Cornell Tech campus and the development of a community plan for Southpoint Open Space. Topics to explored include transportation, historic preservation, master planning, park programming, efforts to incorporate the natural setting and existing landform into design, and the community engagement process that has been crucial to the success of each project.



Mary Miltimore , AICP , Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. , New York , NY (see bio)
Matt Carmody , AKRF , New York , NY
Andrew Winters , New York , NY (see bio)