Envisioning Gateway: Competition for Gateway National Park Results Van Alen Institute
          Posted by Mario Cipresso

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          New York, N.Y. (June 5, 2007) - Van Alen Institute Executive Director Adi Shamir, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) Regional Director Alexander Brash and Vice-Chairman Tom Secunda, and President of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Fernanda Kellogg, along with representatives from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), announced Monday that a design team from Brooklyn received first prize, a landscape architecture firm in Canada won second prize and an interdisciplinary team from Virginia Tech won third prize in 'Envisioning Gateway: A Public Design Competition for Gateway National Park.' The competition, launched in January, was an open call for ideas to transform Gateway and begin a real dialogue about its future as an iconic national park. Stretching from Queens, across parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, to the northern tip of New Jersey, it is one of the largest urban national parks in the United States.

          Winners included: - First prize ($15,000) - 'Mapping the Ecotone' by Ashley Scott Kelly and Rikako Wakabayashi, Brooklyn, NY
          - Second Prize ($10,000) - 'Reassembling Ecologies' by North Design Office, Toronto, Canada
          - Third Prize ($5,000) - 'Untitled' by Laurel McSherry, Terry Surjan, & Rob Holmes of Virginia Tech, Alexandria, VA
          - Honorable Mention ($500) - [Un]natural Selection by Archipelago Architecture and Landscape Architecture, NY, NY, 'Urban Barometer' by Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell of loop|8, Larchmont, NY and 'H2grOw' by Frank Gesualdi and Hayley Eber, NY, NY

          The winning design, 'Mapping the Ecotone,' creates a microcosm of shifting habitats and landforms to capture the diversity of Gateway?s 'ecotones,' or zones of ecological tension. The design suggests forming a new park at Floyd Bennett Field that would dramatically reintroduce water into the site by creating a series of new jetties and piers that would bring park visitors into direct contact with marshlands, tides and fluctuating sea levels, and educate visitors about the tension that occurs when ecological and human environments intersect.

          'We are so pleased with the results of the Gateway competition,' said Van Alen Institute Executive Director Adi Shamir. 'Designers from around the world rose to the challenge and presented imaginative plans that unified Gateway's diverse landscapes and took into account its strong historical roots. It has been a pleasure to help plant the seed for the future of Gateway and we look forward to seeing all of the designs grow to best suit the needs of the park and the community.'

          Launched in January 2007, the Gateway competition drew 230 entrants from 23 countries. Of the 230 entries, 182 were from the United States, including 91 from the tri-state area, 16 from Virginia and 14 from Massachusetts. International submissions totaled 48, with 10 from Canada, 5 from Japan, 4 from France, 4 from The United Kingdom, and the remaining from Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan.

          'Mapping the Ecotone,' and all of the winning designs will be featured online at www.npca.org/gateway and the public is invited to visit the website and vote on their favorite proposal.

          Envisioning Gateway Website

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