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Perspective Drawing by Steven Corsello

Perspective Drawing

Broadway’s medians on the Upper West Side not only present an opportunity to re-distribute and remake the street’s public space, but they also contain the antecedent of a program that addresses a need in the surrounding communities and anticipates the change coming to New York City in a hotter, increasingly urban-dense world. Expanding the median into adjacent traffic lanes creates room to build a new, linear pedestrian corridor and a vertical, terraced farm wrapped in a responsive, transparent envelope that collects precipitation and either retains or exhausts heat from the subway directly below. Purposely low-tech, these median farms compost organic waste, employing traditional, hands-on agricultural techniques and New York’s more than sufficient solar-dollars to harvest nearly ten thousand planted square feet of fruits and vegetables per median four times a year.