MoMA RISING CURRENTS EXHIBITION
Invited by MoMA and MoMA PS1, Matthew Baird Architects was tasked with generating urban planning strategies to mitigate rising sea levels within New York Harbor. Focusing on the Bayonne and Kill Van Kull shipping route area in New Jersey, our proposal engaged the architectural relics of industry to create unforeseen building types and unanticipated programmatic occupations, imagining a terrain where submerged piers and petroleum facilities become active pieces in an evolving landscape. Glass reefs created by the accumulation of modular glass “jacks” cast from locally-recycled glass waste become a home where New York’s water-based ecosystems can grow, replenish, and flourish.
AIA New York State Design Award of Excellence, 2010