Creative Yet Extreme Ideas for Park Avenue’s Central Median

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The Park Avenue’s central median in New York City is yet unused, however, it has become the subject of a series of speculative and spectacular redesigns. Under Beyond the Centerline project, architects, designers, and planners bring out numerous ideas to breathe a new life into the site, to some extent they are quite extreme too. The competition which is organized by an NYC real estate company allows the participants to re-imagine what they can do to this precious urban site, inciting admiring looks from a new generation of New Yorkers.

While it has not been confirmed whether the winning design will be realized, the organizer used the competition as a starting point for people to think how to develop underutilized sites in cities. That being said, let’s take a peek at the said ideas from the participants:

Extreme Ideas #1

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Many architects come up with extreme ideas. One architect chooses to design rock-climbing walls and waterfalls for the center median.

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Another one suggested the idea of kayak commuter lanes or commuting by boat.

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Among those extreme ideas, short-listed participants brought out the images of ice-skating rinks, yoga studies, elevated basketball courts, and Modernist art exhibition spaces.

Extreme Ideas #2

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Some participants prefer to naturalize the dense city and create space for natural environments and landscapes. This natural approach is believed to break the community from the busy car-filled route in the Manhattan. Even there is one idea that proposes to create forest habitats for urban wildlife.

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Regardless, the ideas lean more on nature and maximizing the available small footprint through building above-ground and underground amenities, such as markets, cafes, shops, and theaters.

Via Web Urbanist