Bone/Levine Architects,independently, and later in partnership with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, developed a series of proposals for projects on the NYC waterfront. Projects addressed a range of sites and waterfront related design problems.

It was the objective of these proposals to imagine strategies to transform the harbor and estuaries to meet the changing demands of the city and to offer a richer and more ecologically integrated urban environment. Ecological enhancement should be incremental and opportunistic, allowing for the testing of ideas and the development of different localized landscapes. Site-specific project developments should allow for the verification of adaptability, efficiency, and performance for each type of proposed ecological system improvement. The overall direction should be towards creating more articulated edge conditions, more diverse biological zones. Increased ecological complexity and the potential for biological systems to thrive also provide the benefits of ecological servicing: storm surge protection, natural water filtration, stream flow stabilization and increased recreational, cultural and economic opportunities.

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