Forest Hills Gardens and the QueensWay
You'll learn about:
The planning and history of Forest Hills Gardens, a key example of Garden City development in America
Plans for the QueensWay, a 3.5-mile linear urban park with pedestrian/bike paths and other elements
The planning, design, and implementation process for the QueensWay
Take part in a two-part tour of one of New York's most promising projects. Begin with a walk through the historic Forest Hills Gardens planned garden community led by a planner and local resident. Then take a tour of the site of the proposed QueensWay—a 3.5-mile linear park on an abandoned rail line—led by project sponsor The Trust for Public Land and designers from WXY and dlandstudio.
Forest Hills Gardens was planned and developed by the Russell Sage Foundation beginning in 1909 based on the garden cities movement of England. Renowned architect Grosvenor Atterbury was commissioned to prepare the plan and designed many of the early buildings in the Tudor style.
The proposed QueensWay will transform a 3.5-mile stretch of long-abandoned rail line into a linear park with an elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting the communities of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Glendale, Woodhaven, and Ozone Park. The project will provide much-needed public green space, recreation areas, opportunities for safe alternative commuting, and community spaces to celebrate the cultural diversity of Queens. This workshop will visit part of the northern end of the site, where project representatives will present plans for the QueensWay and discuss the planning, design, and implementation process for the project.
, WXY Architecture + Urban Design
, New York City
Invited SpeakerAdam joined WXY as a Principal in 2011, bringing a background in urban design, planning, sustainability and an integrated approach to master plans, feasibility studies, planning policy research and visioning strategies. He has led a number of key planning and urban design projects for WXY, including the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan and the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. Adam received his BA from Brown University and has a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Planning and Urban Design from the University College London. He is currently visiting faculty at Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, and Cornell University. Adam has more than 15 years of experience with public and private sector clients, including work for government departments and city agencies, community development corporations, major cultural institutions and developers. Adam is a certified planner (AICP), and he is currently a Fellow with the Urban Design Forum.
Confirmed SpeakerSusannah C. Drake is the founding principal of DLANDstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc. The firm, winner of the 2014 AIA New Practices New York Award, has received city, state, and national AIA and ASLA awards. In 2013, Susannah was awarded the AIA Young Architects Award and Fellowship in the ASLA, and was recognized as an Architectural League Emerging Voice. As both an architect and landscape architect, Susannah specializes in complex projects that require a synthesized, analytical, and research-based approach. Her large-scale planning work engages diverse systems to create ecologically and socially progressive projects that are equally well-crafted and beautiful. Susannah’s research has been at the forefront of innovation on urban ecological infrastructure. Her campus landscape design and large-scale urban infrastructure work has received grant funding from the Graham Foundation, EPA, NEIWPCC, NYSDEC, and NYSCA. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and has received numerous national and international awards. Susannah is the former President and Trustee of the NYASLA and former Trustee of the Van Alen Institute. She lectures globally about resilient urban infrastructure, and has taught courses at The Cooper Union, Harvard University, Syracuse University, Washington University in St. Louis, Florida International University, The City College of New York, and Illinois Institute of Technology. Susannah delivered the keynote addresses at the 18th Congress of the International Union of Women Architects in Blacksburg, VA in 2015, and at the XXV International Union of Architects World Congress in Durban, South Africa in 2014. She contributed to Nature and Cities, the 2016 Lincoln Land Institute book with her chapter entitled “WPA 2.0: Beauty, Economics, and Politics in the Creation of Public Infrastructure.” Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. DLANDstudio’s recent projects include The QueensWay Metropolitan Hub, Public Media Commons in St. Louis, Missouri, “A New Urban Ground” for MoMA’s Rising Currents project, BQGreen, and Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™. Susannah received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College and Master in Architecture and Master in Landscape Architecture degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
, Trust for Public Land
, New York
, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMark Walker specializes in planning transportation facilities and integrating transit, pedestrians, bicycles, and land use to create livable communities. He has extensive experience in planning for transit, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities, with expertise in pedestrian circulation studies, analysis of alternative alignments and modes, transit station design, and station area planning. Mark has developed leading expertise in the analysis of pedestrian circulation and the planning and design of pedestrian and passenger facilities. He has extensive experience in the analysis of pedestrian flows in transit stations, passenger terminals, busy sidewalks, and other complex pedestrian environments as well as application of the planning and design principles that facilitate pedestrian comfort and convenience. His studies include both an array of spreadsheet analysis methods and application of state-of-the-art pedestrian simulation software targeted to the needs of each project. Mark has been responsible for planning and alternatives analysis for a range of fixed-guideway transit improvements, including heavy rail, light rail, and bus rapid transit. He conducted two PB-funded international research studies on the planning and design of on-street light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) transitways, and their on-street stations. His studies included on-site examination of BRT systems in Bogotá, Barranquilla, Curitiba, Sao Paulo, Quito, Ottawa, Rouen, Beijing, and Kunming, plus on-street LRT lines and stations in numerous cities across North America, Europe, and North Africa, and Australia. Mark received a B.S. in Geography/Urban Studies from the University of Oregon in 1982 and a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University in 1986. He was a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University from 1995 to 2007 and was awarded the M. Phil., in Urban Planning in 2002.