Aerial Futures: Newburgh Enclosures

Newburgh Enclosures

A new video imagines New York Stewart International Airport as a catalyst for urban regeneration. Situated 60 miles north of Manhattan, the once-grand and historic city of Newburgh has suffered the effects of economic stagnation, intergenerational poverty and post-industrial decline. However, Newburgh is beginning to rise once again. One of the most promising drivers for Newburgh’s economic development is its airport.

A new video made on the occasion of AERIAL FUTURES: Newburgh Enclosures explores how New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) has become a catalyst for development in Newburgh and its neighboring region. It proposes ways in which the airport could positively impact Newburgh’s economy, agriculture, mobility, and civic life, and expand on its function as a travel hub.

The video was produced in tandem with the AERIAL FUTURES: Newburgh Enclosures think tank. The event, which took place at Atlas Studios, comprised of key industry speakers and site-specific projects by architecture graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania. The students contributed research and design propositions for a site close to the airport, whose programming initiatives included co-working, food justice headquarters and farming.

The video features interviews with Ginger S. Evans (Reach Airports), Brandt Knapp (BRANDT: HAFERD), Darrick Borowski (School of Visual Arts), Amelia Baxter (Whole Trees), Naomi Hersson-Ringskog (Dept of Small Interventions) and Greg Lindsay (New Cities Foundation). Source and images Courtesy of Aerial Futures.

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