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Smart Waterfront Structures

Imagine a modular, portable, reproducible, inexpensive, facility that could be the perfect community boathouse, waterside museum, environmental center.

Last Updated on Sunday November 23, 2014

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EcoDock at Dyckman Marina

To date ConservancyNorth has been making a difference for the community.

Last Updated on Sunday November 23, 2014

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Public Space Design as Education

Community-focused design curricula and shop class renaissance Teach public space design within schools. Students learn design thinking coupled with real fabrication and construction skills put towards a local community purpose. It's hands on,in your face, requires an active engagement. Designers as teachers, charged with growing creative capital for the next generation.

The legacy of the shop class has been for kids who are not planning on going to college. It's a vocational training class. How about orient shop class around the future of the community and its public space needs. Goal: create a 1-yr High School curricula for the Junior Class. Concept: 3 hrs/day in studio shop space or onsite. During that time kids are doing everything from ethnographic research, doing the need finding, coming back into the studio, doing the brain storming and design visualization to come up with concepts that might work and then moving into the shop and actually prototyping them, building them, testing their ideas and figuring out if they are going to work and refining that.

Over the summer they are offered a job and paid as part of the construction team to build the project in the community that was developed in shop. This program may also dovetail with Columbia University's Summer Internships which includes space planning, community & public relations, and or project management. Conservancy North will spearhead real visible projects that students can point to and build a career direction from.

Our vision is to really integrate public space design with the community including strategies to draw out the entrepreneurial strengths of local youth (social media skills, community organizing, advocacy, man-power, etc.) and motivate them through incentives including scholarships, economic support, political recognition, and award ceremonies. Our public spaces can serve to inspire the next generation of environmental and civic leaders.

Last Updated on Saturday November 22, 2014

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Four Coves Biodiversity Project

We explore the marshes and forests of Northern Manhattan. Our goal is to better understand the plants and animals living in our own backyard. We go on several nature walks a year in Inwood Hill Park and four coves in the area:  Muscota Marsh, Inwood Hill Cove, North Cove, and Sherman Creek. On the hikes we identify, catalogue, and keep an eye the wildlife.  By identifying the different plants and animals – what we call “biodiversity” – we can measure the health of our natural places over the years and tell if we are helping or hurting things.  This is important because the healthier our natural places the healthier we are. So come along, learn hands-on about environmental science and help protect the one world we live in.   

The Four Coves Biodiversity Project (FCBP) of Conservancy North, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that the public spaces of Northern Manhattan are guided by the needs and aspirations of the community, and planned comprehensively to improve quality of place.  FCBP is a multi-year community effort to identify, catalogue, and monitor the diverse species found in the Muscota Marsh, Inwood Hill Cove, North Cove, and Sherman Creek areas. The project values urban green spaces as both places of recreation for humans and vital refuges for a diverse range of plant and animal species.  Using existing study methods developed specifically for NYC natural areas by the Museum of Natural History, volunteers of all ages, interest, and education levels combine efforts to better understand the unique ecosystems of Northern Manhattan and to become effective citizen scientists and advocates for our natural spaces. Currently we partner with New York Restoration Project and work in concert with the biodiversity study of Natural Areas Conservancy, the partner of the NYC Parks.   

Last Updated on Friday April 17, 2015

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