Thursday, December 31, 2009

Roosevelt Island Wins 2 Curbed Top Ten Craziest Renderings Awards - Skynet Tram Takeover & Dragonfly Vertical Farm For Southpoint Park

It's the end of the year 2009 and the 6th Annual Curbed Awards are being handed out.
As is our yearly tradition, it's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving and important people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the Sixth Annual Curbed Awards!
Perhaps one day the Curby will take it rightfull place together with other illustrious Awards such as the Oscar, Emmy and Tony......

Or maybe not.

Anyway, a big pat on the back to Roosevelt Island for being awarded 2 spots in the 2009 Curbed Top 10 Craziest Renderings of the Year.

At number 10 was the renderings for the new Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins. According to Curbed:
This was the year Skynet took over the Roosevelt Island tram replacement project, and the world was better for it. This rendering may actually come true, and we're not just saying that because there's a cyborg holding a gun to our head.
Image From Curbed via Roosevelt Islander

And at number 1 - Dragonfly:
What were the odds that Roosevelt Island would find itself on this list twice? About as good as the Dragonfly actually being built. And yet, here Roosevelt Island is for the second time! Gives us hope that this insect will one day spread its wings
Dragonfly Image From Curbed

What is Dragonfly? It is a vertical urban farm for Southpoint Park.
What is it about the southern end of Roosevelt Island that inspires the very best from the most noted architects of our age? As if in direct counterpoint to one of our all-time favorite creations, the Roosevelt Island Tower of Death, wacky conceptual architect Vincent Callebaut presents us—nay, gifts us—with Dragonfly, a 128-story vertical farm that appears from the renderings to overshadow just about every other creation that man has yet realized on God's green earth...
Gizmodo had more on the Dragonfly urban vertical farm for Southpoint Park, Roosevelt Island.

Also, let's not forgot the aforementioned 2007 Art & Urbanity Curbed Winner, the spectacular Roosevelt Island Tower of Death.