Five Principles for Greenwich South

The Alliance for Downtown New York asked us to envision a future for Greenwich South, a 41-acre neighborhood at the southern tip of Manhattan. Bounded by the West Side highway, Broadway, the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial, and Battery Park, Greenwich South had been overlooked for years but had seen a recent rise in residents and tourists.

masterplan diagram for the Greenwich South study

Rather than a singular master plan, ARO proposed a flexible strategic framework to guide development over time. We then led a group of designers in envisioning how this framework could accommodate varied solutions. This framework, and the diverse visions and outcomes included within it, is a tool for the Alliance to communicate and advocate for the future of the neighborhood.

Greenwich South project framework diagram
  • existing Greenwich South ground floor use diagram
  • Greenwich South circulation diagram
  • Greenwich South site plan

Goals outlined in the Five Principles for Greenwich South include promoting connectivity throughout the area while embracing a local sense of place; engaging short-, medium-, and long-term interventions to attract visitors and respond to residents; and, conceiving of the area as a linchpin within a larger, developing live-work-play district.

Our own visioning proposal for a new Market Park would create an urban amenity above the multi-lane Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

  • pedestrians outside of the proposed Market Park urban amenity above Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel
    Architecture Research Office
  • cars emerge from beneath large proposed greenhouse
    LTL Architects and Transsolar
  • cars and people pass under proposed Edgar Street Towers, paired with a spiraling layered tower
    (L-R) IwamotoScott Architecture, WORKac
  • proposed large exit sign at entrance to vehicular tunnel
  • proposed new tower at edge of park
  • proposed projection
    Raphael Lozano-Hemmer
  • section cut diagram of proposed Greenwich South street with light rail and pedestrians
    Coen + Partners
matrix diagram of Greenwich South Principles

The study culminated in a report, publication, and outdoor exhibit.

  • woman interacts with outdoor exhibition that reads What IF
    We shared our research and ideas with the public through an outdoor exhibition.
  • Five Principles for Greenwich South reports laid out on table
Five Principles for Greenwich South project team work together around a model in conference room