URBAN DESIGN STUDIO II: The Regional Studio Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

[4]Group13 – Freight Link

FREIGHT LINK is a “freight ferry” system proposal that will fuse NYC’s industrial
network, allowing it to work more efficiently and stimulate economic growth by optimizing
the waterway in New York Harbor. This mediating infrastructure network will reconfigure
the freight supply and distribution system that are currently centralized at major ports
and then trucked to individual locales. By creating a network of “mini-ports” along NYC’s
waterfront, this new infrastructure will expose both small and large industries to more
efficient regional connections and promote local business ecology.

WASTE: The time, money, and fuel that are invested in maintaining the current inefficient
and unsustainable road-based intermodal freight transport system. It is also wasted
potential of the regional water system and its inherent connectivity between industries.

SHED: The active waterway system and waterfront sites in NYC, with its associated
territory and the connections created and maintained by these systemic means.

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