DOWNTOWN BABYLON, LONG ISLAND // JUNE 2010
Long Island’s “brain drain” is perplexing given its resources, from the Brookhaven Labs to the SUNY and Polytechnic Institute branches. The “green collar corridor” proposed here for Babylon’s downtown is a prototype for Long Island. In transforming parking lots into green-economy incubators, EDGE envisions high quality jobs and new community spaces, connecting coastal downtowns to local knowledge centers. Long Island’s parking lots are numerous and generic, yet their particular shapes are site-specific as local infill between road and building. Our proposal preserves and thickens the parking lot edges to create an inhabitable membrane; EDGE incubates bio-and phyto-remediation companies, drawing on Long Island’s technology expertise, estuarine zones and agricultural base. Babylon EDGE links three adjacent parking lots at the LIRR train station, the Babylon High School, and eastern zone behind Deer Park Avenue.
Team // Ariane Harrison, Seth Harrison, Chat Travieso, Jerome Haferd, Alex Fernandez de Mesa