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Parsons School Students Tackle Designs Of Dobbs Ferry Waterfront

Students at New York City's Parsons The New School For Design designed areas of the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront as a part of their architectural studies.
Students at New York City's Parsons The New School For Design designed areas of the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront as a part of their architectural studies. Photo Credit: Matt Arone

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - Architecture students from New York City's Parsons The New School For Design created conceptual projects of the Dobbs Ferry waterfront and presented their work to Recreation Superintendent Mat Arone Wednesday.

"The professor, Nick Brinen, contacted me a few months back asking for permission to walk the waterfront and use the shoreline of Dobbs Ferry as project site," Arone said. "I was invited to The Parsons School to be a guest and observe architectural projects from 10 third-year students. The projects I reviewed were outstanding."

The students were asked to do conceptual projects using the village Waterfront Park property as well as some of the private property behind 145 Palisade St., Arone said.

Each student spoke for five to 10 minutes and played a two-minute video before they displayed their models and diagrams. Arone was the lone recreation and parks professional among a group of architects invited to offer critiques.

"Obviously, they didn’t do actual work down at the waterfront, however, they each developed a model of a 'boat building structure with a maritime museum,'" he said. "The structure will revitalize the waterfront as well as being a cultural center for the village. These students had two site visits to Dobbs during the winter months and took pictures and video."

Arone described the work as including buildings with a floating dock, cafeterias and libraries for students and the public. Most were developed in a way in which the tides could come right up and into the facilities.

"A common critique of the projects was that many of the buildings were planned to be developed too close to the shoreline," Arone said. "I had explained how they should consider things like high tides and water surges like we had experienced during Hurricane Sandy."

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