Governors Island 2.0

Governors Island 2.0

The Governors Island photo booth in action. Courtesy ESDC

The fine folks over at the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation announced yesterday that the design team for Governor’s Island has officially begun work on its tripartite master plan for the former Coast Guard outpost off the tip of Manhattan. As with most large-scale government projects, the agency is seeking public comment to inform the designs, but this time out they’ve gone the extra step of doing online outreach.


At the center of this effort is a blog. Launched in May, it has primarily chronicled the goings on on the island this summer. But now that it’s over, it will shift gears to a news site, according to the agency, in advance of a completed master plan next spring. Officials hope that readers will post their reactions to any announcements in the blog’s comment section, thereby providing an immediate and democratic response to the evolving project.

Further into the realm of Web 2.0 interactivity, the agency has set up a special photo booth where people can have their picture taken and then digitally superimposed onto renderings of the West 8/Rogers Marvel/Diller Scofidio + Renfro/SMWM proposal. The photos are then posted on their very own Flickr page. The booth will be up fro two upcoming Saturdays, September 20 and October 6, at the ferry terminal on the island.

The agency has also posted a more traditional survey at http://tinyurl.com/govislandsurvey, and for the technophobes out there, the design team will host information workshops next weekend, on September 27 and 28, which include a two hour tour. Interested parties should RSVP to ecavanagh@empire.state.ny.us for workshops at 10:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m and 3:15 p.m.

“We want as many people as possible to give us their ideas for the future park on Governors Island,” Leslie Koch, president of GIPEC, said in a release. “With the Governors Island blog, online survey, Flickr and more, we are using the web in new and innovative ways so that everyone can provide their thoughts about what activities they would like to experience here in the center of New York Harbor.”

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