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New York’s Governors Island is to become a climate change laboratory

Tim Gibson

29 September 2020

NEW York City’s Governors Island has revealed plans to create a public living laboratory to find a solution to climate change.

The Center for Climate Solutions will be a space for researchers, advocates, innovators, students and members of the public to gather from all over the world to meaningfully discuss climate change.

The proposal includes a living laboratory that will showcase environmentally friendly practices through public art and programming.

Above: The proposed living laboratory for Governors Island. Image courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design / Bloomimages.

There will also be space for environmental justice organisations and environmental non-profits to research and host programs, while an academic institution will be set up to study the impacts of climate change.

All buildings on the site will adhere to flood-resistant construction methods.

Above: Buildings on the site will be flood-resistant. Image courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design / Bloomimages.

The Trust for Governors Island expects the center to generate more than 8,000 new jobs and USD $1BN for the city of New York.

The Trust is working with stakeholders, local elected officials, agencies and New Yorkers to now bring this vision to life.

A proposal to rezone the south island for academic, commercial, non-profit, cultural, convening and hospitality facilities is expected to enter the city’s formal public land-use review process in October.

Header image courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design / Bloomimages.


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