Maker Microfactory Ecology by Princeton students, Harry MX Wei and Han Guang Dong
New Museum has invited participants from three architecture schools—Columbia University, the Cooper Union, and Princeton University—to explore the future of the city for the research project Bowery Re-Imagined.
The Bowery is a storied boulevard full of rich history and fabled lore. It was once the entertainment center of Manhattan, then became an infamous skid row for more than 100 years. Today, it is a fast-developing strip with a dynamic, heterogeneous character.
The Bowery is at a turning point, yet has an unclear future. We want to advance a conversation about the issues facing this neighborhood: what to preserve, what to add, density, gentrification, economic opportunities, and how to maintain the vitality of this important NYC locale. Each participant university is hosting a Spring 2013 course dedicated to the topic; the resulting research will be presented in workshops and demonstrations at StreetFest on May 4.
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