AIANY Releases Winning Designs for Queens Greenway Project

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February 12, 2014
The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced the winners of a design competition for a vertical gateway to a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railway in central Queens. The ultimate goal for the QueensWay, as it is called, is to transform this stretch of Rockaway Rail Line tracks into an elevated pedestrian and bicycle greenway connecting the neighborhoods of Rego Park, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park. The effort is being led by the Trust for Public Land in cooperation with the Friends of the QueensWay and the City of New York. Click through the slideshow to view the winning designs, which will be the subject of an exhibition opening at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan on July 17, 2014.
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  Carrie Wilbert, a graduate of Kansas State University, now lives in Paris, where she is studying at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville. She was awarded the $5,000 ENYA Prize for this design, titled The QueensWay Steps. Image courtesy of Carrie Wibert.

    Carrie Wilbert, a graduate of Kansas State University, now lives in Paris, where she is studying at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville. She was awarded the $5,000 ENYA Prize for this design, titled The QueensWay Steps. Image courtesy of Carrie Wibert.

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  Nikolay Martynov of Basel, Switzerland, was awarded $2,500 and second prize for this design, which he based on the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City, Queens, and the Domino Sugar sign from the old refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Image courtesy of Nikolay Martynov.

    Nikolay Martynov of Basel, Switzerland, was awarded $2,500 and second prize for this design, which he based on the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City, Queens, and the Domino Sugar sign from the old refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Image courtesy of Nikolay Martynov.

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  Song Deng of Toronto was awarded $1,000 and third prize for this design, which recasts an abandoned elevated track as a complex of small gardens and units that artists can rent "to hone skills and test new products." Image courtesy of Song Deng.

    Song Deng of Toronto was awarded $1,000 and third prize for this design, which recasts an abandoned elevated track as a complex of small gardens and units that artists can rent "to hone skills and test new products." Image courtesy of Song Deng.

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  Jessica Shoemaker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, titled this entry Ebb & Flow. She was awarded the student prize and $1,000. Image courtesy of Jessica Shoemaker.

    Jessica Shoemaker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, titled this entry Ebb & Flow. She was awarded the student prize and $1,000. Image courtesy of Jessica Shoemaker.

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  Honorable mention went to Hyontek Yoon of Queens for his design titled Upside Down Bridge, which aims to connect the streetscape with the elevated tracks. Image courtesy of Hyontek Yoon.

    Honorable mention went to Hyontek Yoon of Queens for his design titled Upside Down Bridge, which aims to connect the streetscape with the elevated tracks. Image courtesy of Hyontek Yoon.

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