A public garden & cultural center

Natalie Jeremijenko


Remediate/Re-vision: Public Artists Engaging the Environment
Glyndor Gallery | August 1 – November 28, 2010

Natalie Jeremijenko, the Environmental Health Clinic with the Living Architects
developed Amphibious Architecture: towards a Fish Restaurant to provide a new view of the local aquatic ecosystems—a view that promotes interaction, explores human and nonhuman social networking and facilitates remediative action. The video on view documents the project’s installation of a grid of smart buoys on the East River and the Bronx River in 2009 as part of Toward the Sentient City, an exhibit organized by The Architectural League. 

The grid of robotic buoys monitors water quality, senses fish presence and visualizes information through colored LED lights. Its purpose is to collect and communicate computational real-time information, behavioral ecological, daily and seasonal variation and ecological community structure to the public about the water quality and fish activity, thus creating an artificial intelligence to float the boat of public knowledge on urban ecological systems.

 Species’ business cards to communicate with them via buoy technology

Instead of a “do-not-disturb” and “do-not-feed-the-animals” approach, this project establishes interactions—transforming the water from merely a reflective surface, mirroring our urban image and architecture, into a teaming habitat for diverse organisms.

Natalie Jeremijenkp designed NoPark to reengineer “no parking zones” — mostly those associated fire hydrant placement — and transform them into green spaces. Fire trucks are not obstructed by the low growth vegetation. However, when not in use for this purpose these spaces service and redefine the ‘emergency’ as an environmental health emergency. These micro engineered green spaces prevent contamination of waterways, lessen heat island effect, and create new habitats for birds and insects. With deeper soil than green roofs,NoParks can capture much more storm water and replenish soil moisture for nearby trees by diluting gallons of uric acid that is poured daily on city plots by friendly dogs. They also reduce standing pools which breed West Nile virus.

The vegetation also provides leaf area in the worst air quality boundary layer, otherwise known as the Stroller Height Effect so-called because the child in a stroller will often experience 1000x worse air quality than the adult walking behind them. NoParks infiltrate this road born pollution by sequestering CO2. The Leaf Area Index in aNoPark can be 1000x more effective than its effect in the canopy.

The public is welcome to buy a share print to show their support of NoPark and intention to construct their own NoPark

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.