Adriaan Geuze talks Governors Island Park design
Design Observer runs an interview with Adriaan Geuze, principal of landscape architecture firm West 8, on its approach to designing Governors Island Park. He discusses the master plan for the park and how it accentuates the island’s natural attributes, location, and views, and how topography plays a pivotal role in the vision. West 8 plans to create functional landscapes on the island, incorporating big hills that anticipate sea level rise and provide fertile ground for plantings, as well as publicly accessible low-lying wetlands.
Even in advance of park development, Governor’s Island is open June through September, with a full slate of programs and activities occupying it: artist residencies, exhibitions, food festivals, the city’s first bike-share program. The island is also home to both the New York Harbor School and a community farm operated by Brooklyn-based Added Value.