MLA Work Featured at Symposium

MLA second-year students Babbie Dunnington, Anna Ceraulo Jalazo, Kate Jirasiritham, and Margaret Mulligan will present work from their fall 2016 studio entitled “Toward an Industrial Ecology: Staten Island’s North Shore” on March 23 at the Brooklyn College symposium Building the Outer Boroughs: Architecture and Urbanism Beyond Manhattan.

The fall 2016 graduate landscape architecture research studio, coordinated by Professor Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, proposed a transformation of the industrial and ecological waterfront at the western reaches of the North Shore between the Bayonne Bridge and the Goethals Bridge. Sites include Mariners Marsh Park, Arlington Marsh, and the Port Authority rail yards.

Staten Island, often maligned and commonly nicknamed “the forgotten borough,” was consolidated into the city in 1898. Compassionate interest in the island’s ecological and social issues surged after the devastating landfall of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police in July 2014. Staten Island is a fascinating site of exploration for landscape architects, particularly given the environmental justice issues focused along the island’s North Shore, home to Staten Island’s most racially diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods.