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Earlier this week, the Mayor’s office announced that a deal had been struck between City and State that gives the City full control over the development and governance of Governors Island. Released in conjunction with the news was the Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan, designed by a team led by West 8 in collaboration with Rogers Marvel Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Urban Design +, ARUP, Faithful and Gould, and ETM Associates, which will guide the development of 87 of the island’s 172 acres.
Discussion about the plan is going strong in The Architect’s Newspaper, the Times, Fast Company, and on Curbed and Gothamist, just to name a few — you can even submit your own plan, written or drawn, to the Times‘ City Room blog. But the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) wants to make sure they hear your thoughts too. According to the plan’s website, and a call for public feedback that landed in our inbox this morning, one of the core guiding principles for the design team has been, and will continue to be, “Ideas From New Yorkers.”
Do you love the plan? Hate it? Make your voice heard! Who knows how the submissions are ultimately used, but why not take the opportunity when it is offered? Tell GIPEC what you think about the master plan. You can also stay updated on the plan through email updates, the Governors Island blog or an exhibition about the design that will be on view on the Island this summer.
The views expressed here are those of the authors only and do not reflect the position of The Architectural League of New York.