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upstate new york: experimental urbanism for a re energized society
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mar 03, 2012
upstate new york: experimental urbanism for a re energized society


dynamic landscapes event spaces + towers with solar plane by joselia mendiolea
all images courtesy of the pratt institute

upstate new york: experimental urbanism for a re-energized society
lobby gallery in higgins hall, brooklyn, new york
march 26th through march 30th, 2012

this exhibition of student work from pratt institute explores the future
of port-industrial towns in upstate new york,
featuring ‘pioneer
district’, a prototypical solution based within
poughkeepsie. adapting to 21st century innovation
has proven difficult for these regional cities, struggling to provide basic services within today’s low-carbon economies.
a component of a larger plan being developed called the ‘building exhibition hudson valley/erie canal 2014-2024′,
the collection of designs and strategies by students attempts to attract creative talent, businesses, tourism to generate
competition between towns, businesses or civic groups over a 10-year period.

the ‘pioneer district’ is an urban development within a large quarry providing space to host industrial, commercial and
housing growth, transforming poughkeepsie into a polycentric community with regional and global reach. due to the current
state of limited financial and environmental resources, the city must draw upon the pioneering spirit, offering dense
urban spaces designed for interactivity and collaborative experimentation. the projects provide solutions to catalyze
economic development with interactive institutions and infrastructure for by generating an entrepreneurial society.


city of exchange by jeffrey autore


transit materials lab by masha pekurovsky


experimental mixed use housing cooperative by christian strom


blurring boundaries of mixed use housing by hsing chung (mike) su


16 foot site model of the pioneer district of poughkeepsie


site model


model detail
image © jonathan weitz


model detail
image © jonathan weitz


model detail
image © jonathan weitz


model detail
image © jonathan weitz


model detail
image © jonathan weitz


model detail
image © jonathan weitz


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image © jonathan weitz

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