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 Lubinsky, AICP, PhD Principal, WXY. Adam has a background in urban design and planning with several years’ experience leading large-scale strategies and master plans in the US and UK. While in London, Adam directed several master plans in the Thames Gateway area. In New York, Adam has led a number of award-winning strategic plans, such as the QueensWay, East River Blueway and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. He is currently a board member of the New Partners for Community Revitalization and is visiting faculty at Cornell, NYU, and The New School. Adam has a Ph.D. in planning from University College London and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University.
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. She has received numerous grants and awards for adapting infrastructure corridors for storm water capture, climate resilience and park creation. 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. 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 QueensWay, MoMA Rising Currents, BQGreen, and Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™. Susannah received a BA from Dartmouth College and MArch and MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a registered architect and a registered landscape architect.
, 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.