Newtown2050

Newtown 2050

March 20, 2017
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Collaborators: Marina Zurkow, Nick Hubbard, Rebecca Lieberman

Above: Map of the surrounding area of Newtown Creek.  Map shows rising tide predictions for 2050 as well as the currently documented city owned green spaces and community gardens.

The purpose of this project is to understand the current situation of the Newtown Creek area as a government SuperFund site, as well as to try to imagine what the creek can be and what we can do to activate change in the area for its sustainable future.  The main issue is that the creek and its problems are not very accessible to the local community.

Issues and interventions along the Gowanus Canal, in contrast, are a lot more well known to the Gowanus area community.  Artists and designers have created ad hoc systems to mitigate street run off and canal pollution.  Newtown 2050 is a mapping project designed to encourage bottom-up participation with the Newtown Creek clean up in a similar way that has been exhibited along the Gowanus Canal.

Above: Selection of images of Gowanus Canal interventions and ad hoc green spaces.

There are two parts to this mapping project.  Part one will be to make a survey map, a physical printed map, that I can use to collect data of informal green interventions.  ….more soon…

Image of Unity landscape generated from Mapbox data.  

Above: Rhino import from Unity-Mapbox.  View East Williamsburg towards Manhattan and Long Island City, Queens.

Above:  Newly modeled Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Location of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk site, and the Newtown Creek waterway.  View from Greenpoint to Manhattan and Long Island City Queens.

Above: Newtown Creek Nature Walk Rhino model space, satellite map from google, and ground view from nature walk.

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Newtown 2050

March 17, 2017
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Collaborators: Marina Zurkow, Nick Hubbard, Rebecca Lieberman

Newtown 2050 is a project originally started by Marina Zurkow, Nick Hubbard, and Rebecca Lieberman.  The project started off as a post-naturalist project examining Newtown Creek, a U.S. Super Fund site which has been heavily polluted over the last century.  The original project was a walking sound tour concentrated on the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, a park located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  The sound tour was intended to be a artistic platform to make the creek and its history more accessible and engaging.  This project and it’s potential engagement has expanded.

I was brought on to make a VR piece examining a possible future Newtown Creek in the year 2050.  We asked ourselves, what kind of bottom-up interventions could reclaim the creek from industry and what types of ad hoc participation could clean up the creek and mitigate further damage?   I will make a physical printed map that will allow us to survey with QGIS.  We will take this survey map around the creek via bike to talk to workers and locals from the area and “map” unquantifiable information and collect data from marginalized communities.  The second part of the map, is to make an interactive 3D map of the space that shares the same data from the physical survey map.  I plan on using either Tangram by Mapzen or Unity with Mapbox.

 

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