A Midst the Chaos: Re-design of Roberto Clemente Plaza
Text: Florian Maier
Architect: Garrison Architects
Location: 3rd Ave / E 149th St, Bronx, New York City, USA
Their vision was a Herald Square of the Bronx. They developed an undulating, bench-lined stone planter strip that perfectly articulates the bus commuter waiting and loading zone, and forms an open, flexible-use Plaza, centered around a fountain – an amenity that the community strongly desires. The plaza's design includes multiple storm water retention techniques to reduce irrigation needs and contain runoff.”
Finally, the design of the Plaza will support a memorial component developed by a community group-funded artist that will celebrate the humanitarian contributions of Roberto Clemente.
- Employing pervious paving at selected points in the Plaza to retain storm water
- Using the planter strip as a storm water retention zone, containing runoff and reducing irrigation needs for the plants
- Making the Willis Avenue median a bio-retention swale to contain runoff
- Using durable, low maintenance, high lifespan components and materials
- Specifying high solar reflectance paving to reduce albido and the resultant heat island effect
- Specifying native, low maintenance plants and trees, to absorb noise and air pollution, and provide some additional urban wildlife habitat
Client: NYC DDC Design Excellence Program
Site construction start: spring 2014
Roberto Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player who was involved in charity work in Puerto Rico and Latin American countries.