THE ISLE OF CONEY

Welcome to The Brackishly-Bucolic-Backwaters of Manhattan! This project deploys a landscape of production that exploits the rising sea levels to create an infrastructure for salt farming, while simultaneously providing the substructure for storm water management. It thus employs this paradoxical symbol of salt – a metaphor for both fertility and devastation – to create a mechanism of salvation for Manhattan’s sinking island, Coney. By accepting the inevitable sea level rise, this urban strategy acknowledges the apparatus of the deluge, building up a tactical landscape of both production and spectatorship. The Parachute Jump, the Wonder Wheel, and the Cyclone Coaster are preserved as spectacular ruins, rising from the polychrome lagoon of the salt farms. Housing types are deployed across the site, occupying the interstitial space between the landscapes of leisure and industry. North-south landscape boulevards adjacent to storm channels stitch the sea and productive aquatic landscape into the existing fabric of Coney Island and provide public access this productive, industrial salt-scape. In collaboration with Ryan Connolly.

Critic: Jennifer Leung, Yale School of Architecture, 2013