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Architectural Craziness: Bronx's Grand Concourse Pumped Up

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Back in August we peeked at the competing visions for the future of the Bronx's Grand Concourse. The architects had big dreams for the thoroughfare: revegetation, rebirth, open source infrastructure, sustainability, vital new attractions. Today, judges from the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Design Trust for the Public Space announced the winner -- p.U.M.p., or purifying urban modular parasite, a plan by two Columbia architecture students. In their own words: "PUMP envisions the future of the Grand Concourse as an innovative sustainable neighborhood transformed by multiple productive landscapes. We propose the ‘rebirth’ of manufacturing by injecting green industries that produce the PUMP, a purifying urban modular parasite, which mitigates air pollution, a critical problem prevalent in the South Bronx, today." We're not totally sure what that means, but the renderings are fun!
· Columbia Students win NY Grand Concourse Contest [NYP]
· p.U.M.p. (Purifying Urban Modular Parasite [grandconcourse100.org]
· Trippy Visions for Remaking The Bronx's Grand Concourse [Curbed]