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Support the IPA's 2020 Residency "TO BE OR NOT TO BQE" which proposes alternatives to repairing the BQE. Your contribution will help us disseminate our Fellows' groundbreaking work from the 2020 Residency. 

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TO BE OR NOT TO BQE?

2020 FALL RESIDENCY

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With the Brooklyn Queens Expressway crumbling, and the cost of repairing just the triple cantilevered elevated section estimated at billions of dollars, the IPA asks: What might replace the BQE if it were to be removed, rather than repaired?

 

Learn more about the BQE brief

PAST EVENTS

PANEL 4

NOVEMBER 18TH 2020 6-8 PM

The final IPA Fall 2020 Residency Fellow Presentations and Panel had fellows sharing their proposals, research, as well as how they are incorporating what they have learned through speaking with community stakeholders into their work.
 

Panelists included: Harriet Harriss, Moses Gates, Susannah Drake, Danny Harris, Nina Rappaport, Mark Gardner, Michael King and Fred Harris.

 

This is the last of four public panels where Fellows present their work during the IPA Fall 2020 Residency.

 

PANEL 3

NOVEMBER 4TH 2020 6-8 PM

The third IPA Fall 2020 Residency Fellow Presentations and Panel had fellows sharing their progress, research, as well as how they are incorporating what they have learned through speaking with community stakeholders into their proposals. 
 
Panelists included: Mark Gardner, Margaret Newman and Michael King.

This is the third of four public panels where Fellows present their work during the IPA Fall 2020 Residency.

PANEL 2

OCTOBER 21ST 2020 6-8 PM

The second IPA Fall 2020 Residency Fellow Presentations and Panel had fellows sharing their progress, research, as well as how they are incorporating what they have learned through speaking with community stakeholders into their proposals. 
 
Panelists included Mark Gardner, Danny Harris, Harriet Harriss, Michael King, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi.

 

This is the second of four public panels where Fellows present their work during the IPA Fall 2020 Residency.

PANEL 1

OCTOBER 7TH 2020 6-8 PM

The first IPA Fall 2020 Residency Fellow Presentations and Panel had fellows sharing their progress, research, as well as how they are incorporating what they have learned through speaking with community stakeholders into their proposals. 
 
Panelists included Michael King, Margaret Newman and Benjamin Prosky. 

This is the first of four public panels where Fellows present their work during the IPA Fall 2020 Residency.

KICKOFF

SEPTEMBER 23RD 2020 6-8 PM

The IPA Fall 2020 Residency Kickoff Panel was moderated by Michael Kimmelman. This panel provided some context and history for the BQE while grappling with the question: What opportunities and challenges would be created by its removal?
 
Panelists included Monxo Lopez, Michael King and Jeffrey Shumaker.

In addition to this panel, there will be four public panels where Fellows present their work during the IPA Fall 2020 Residency.

 

MEET THE FELLOWS

BQE: Freight, Mobility, Community

TEAM PROFILE

BQE: Freight, Mobility, Community

The BQE cuts off communities from the waterfront, generates air and noise pollution, and creates dead zones and dangerous at-grade conditions in the surface street network, but it also facilitates freight movement in the city and is thus deeply linked with the economic prosperity of the region. Through this residency, our team will explore a range of scenarios for the entire corridor that could accommodate freight movement. We will use scenario visioning, stakeholder interviews, and modeling techniques to envision a smart corridor that can accommodate freight and innovative mobility solutions, creating a community amenity, not a blight.

TEAM PROFILE

BQE! or Building Queens’ Economy! Bring Queens Employment! Bring Queens Enjoyment! 

BQE! or Building Queens’ Economy! Bring Queens Employment! Bring Queens Enjoyment! 

BQE! will examine the section of the BQE that intersects with the Long Island Expressway (LIE) to Kosciuszko Bridge. BQE! proposes to connect the communities of Sunnyside and Maspeth that have long been separated and negatively impacted by the BQE and to address the urgent need for jobs, services, and quality open space in this area of Queens. We will creatively engage with residents and stakeholders to make their voices heard, especially those of the marginalized, and seek to improve the well-being of the people living and working in this area.

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TEAM PROFILE

Pre/Post BQE

Pre/Post BQE

We propose a study of pre-BQE Brooklyn to understand how best to fill the void left by a removed BQE, which will draw upon historical documents such as maps, contemporary accounts, oral histories, archival photographs, and films. This process will inform an imagined Brooklyn and Queens without a BQE, where neighborhoods are stitched back together using a selectively developed green ribbon and with an eye towards creating new connections for a 21st-century New York City. We intend to engage with the portions of the BQE which pass through Brooklyn Community District 7 and Queens Community District 2 as a starting point for a broader study of the BQE as a whole.

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TEAM PROFILE

NYC LOOP

NYC LOOP

As the 2nd Avenue Line and the more recent BQX streetcar illustrate, new transit infrastructure investment in NYC remains largely Manhattan-centric despite the vital role it plays in the lives of immigrants and communities of color who predominantly live in the outer boroughs. To address both social equity issues and increase the accessibility for all, our proposal studies repurposing a portion of the BQE Right of Way between Jackson Heights in Queens through to Williamsburg in Brooklyn to extend the public transportation network, creating a bi-directional transit loop running through major neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. This will dramatically increase job access within the local labor market and reduce commute times for many. On a local scale, the proposal also presents an opportunity to stitch together neighborhoods previously divided by industrial uses and infrastructure, creating much needed public green space across a diverse range of urban ecological conditions. 

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TEAM PROFILE

The BQE / From Hacking to Housing

The BQE / From Hacking to Housing

We will survey existing zoning codes, land use, overlapping jurisdictions, and current physical conditions of a site along the BQE corridor from Red Hook to Cobble Hill including the working waterfront. This research will identify a clear list of challenges and opportunities for replacing and/or repurposing the urban infrastructure with the goal of increasing community engagement efforts around potential changes in public policy and the built environment. This initial work will inform the development of a plan providing a collection of urban design and architectural scenarios that graft affordable housing onto the former BQE as a catalyst for creating new economic development opportunities, increasing racial and economic diversity, and new forms of equitable public space.

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MEET THE JURORS

Call for Entries Packet

Bibliography 

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City Lab - Here Are the Urban Highways That Deserve to Die

Car Free America - Reconnecting Cities through Urban Highway Removals

 

Intelligencer - Here’s a Solution for Fixing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Get Rid of It

Bloomberg - How the Federal Government Could Help Kill the Highways It Built

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