2008-12-05 / School News

Pratt Institute Students Present Ideas For Arverne East

By Miriam Rosenberg

A canal to contain flooding, such as the one located on Beach 35 Street in this design, was suggested by several groups. The idea was modeled after canals in Miami/Fort Lauderdale and Amsterdam. Bannister Creek, a canal in Rockaway, went from the ocean to the bay until it was filled in after the major storms of the 1890s and early 1900s. A canal to contain flooding, such as the one located on Beach 35 Street in this design, was suggested by several groups. The idea was modeled after canals in Miami/Fort Lauderdale and Amsterdam. Bannister Creek, a canal in Rockaway, went from the ocean to the bay until it was filled in after the major storms of the 1890s and early 1900s. Advanced undergraduate students from Pratt Institute's architecture program took up a challenge from the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance this fall to design environmentally friendly, community enhancing proposals for Arverne East.

The non-binding ideas, which were meant to, among other things, respond to global climate changes, were presented to the Rockaway community on November 20 at Peninsula Hospital Center.

Fifty students walked through the Arverne East site and developed the conceptual proposals as part of a class exercise. It is hoped that the students will receive input from the community, so that next semester's students can continue the project.

No representatives for the Arverne East project attended the presentation.

Professor Ronald Shiffman discusses the design project presented by the students Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Professor Ronald Shiffman discusses the design project presented by the students Photos by Miriam Rosenberg During their presentations, students suggested commercial districts, more green space, recreational areas and expanding access to rail and ferry lines. During their presentations, students suggested commercial districts, more green space, recreational areas and expanding access to rail and ferry lines. Local residents and leaders, including Kevin Alexander, the executive director of RDRC, watch the presentation by the Pratt Institute students. Local residents and leaders, including Kevin Alexander, the executive director of RDRC, watch the presentation by the Pratt Institute students. A Pratt student discusses a design with Jeanne DuPont right, the president of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. A Pratt student discusses a design with Jeanne DuPont right, the president of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

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