Last weekend, my studio went on a site visit the New Jersey Meadowlands. Our project is an urban design/landscape project that mediates between the development pressures of this site (just 20 minutes from New York) and its environmental factors. At 31+ square miles, the meadowlands is one of the biggest estuarine marsh systems in the region, but it is also polluted to toxic levels due to high levels of industry, logistics infrastructure, and dumping. To add to that, nearly the entire site is in the FEMA 500 year flood risk area, and the area was inundated during Hurricane Sandy.
To help wrap our heads around the scale of the site (and get some sexy photos in the meantime) our professors took a few of us up for a 30 minutes helicopter ride over the site. Get an eyeful of landfills, phragmites, shipping containers, and the NYC skyline below!