Central Park’s water #sustainability

Design Sustainability

This is incredible!

I was certainly naieve to the fact that the “lake” in Central Park, New York City, was polluted given all the media attention it receives and all of the “super property” that is adjacent.

This architectural solution that combines renewable energy through a wind turbine to filter the water and reduce it’s health risk is inspired. To then use that energy to power the elevator inside makes sense. I would certainly pay to experience the design innovation first hand.

Let’s hope that there is the political will to make this happen!

Responding to the ever-growing demand for sky-high public spaces and the need for innovative environmental solutions, New York-based studio DFA has envisioned a 712-foot-tall prefabricated timber observation tower in New York’s Central Park that, if built, would become the world’s tallest timber structure.

Combining the principles of “architecture, recreation, resiliency, and tourism,” the Central Park Tower would rise out of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the 106-acre man-made lake that encompasses one-eighth of the total park area and holds one billion gallons of contaminated water.

Currently, the reservoir sits nearly stagnant and fenced off from public use. DFA’s proposal would place a timber tower with a vertical axis wind turbine in the center of the reservoir. The power generated from the turbine would be enough to filter the water below and move people up the structure without drawing from the city grid.

Patrick Lynch, ArchDaily

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