High Bridge Competition
with David Birge and Will Lambeth Assoc AIA
The High Bridge Competition, sponsored by the Emerging New York Architects Committee of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, asked entrants to propose an artist live-work community appended to the High Bridge, an abandoned aqueduct that spans the Harlem River between Washington Heights and the distressed High Bridge Community. Our submission proposed an ARTLAB on the western shore of the river in Washington Heights and a new, arts-focused public high school on the eastern shore in the High Bridge Community. The bridge itself was to house artist live-work spaces, provide a surface for a regular arts fair, and support a link to new train station on the commuter lines below the bridge on the eastern shore. We also proposed that abandoned or underutilized storefronts in the High Bridge Community be utilized as galleries for a new creative district centered around the ARTLAB, the artists’ work on the bridge, and the vibrancy of a new school.