Posts tagged Tibbetts Brook
Finding Tibbetts Brook Launch

For the past two years, SLO Architecture and CALL have been developing plans for a mobile model wetland, Finding Tibbetts 2.0,  that would take the public on an interactive journey in finding Tibbetts Brook. Starting July of this year, we were finally ready to make those plans a reality.

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Where Has Tibbetts Brook Gone?

Tibbets Brook meanders its way south through Westchester County, and then into Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, where it ducks between highways, and eventually forms Van Cortlandt Lake before suddenly disappearing. Well, not disappearing exactly, the water does go somewhere, but where? 


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Daylighting Tibbetts Brook: Walking along the proposed route

My colleagues and I have been studying Tibbetts Brook as part of our investigations into the historical ecology of New York City, which started out with the Mannahatta Project, about Manhattan, and have now expanded to cover all five boroughs of New York city.  Historical ecology is important for urban sustainability because it places our current perspective on the city into a natural history context; it tells us how nature makes places; it helps expand our imagination; and finally, it helps us set metrics for sustainability success. 

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Fellows Forum: March 2017

CALL's Inagural Fellows Forum was held last week, March 21st 2017 at the Adobe NYC headquarters. Our intimate group engaged in a conversation about the merits and means of recreating Tibbetts Brook. This noble and ecologically important stream is currently ignominiously diverted into a sewer under Broadway, where it is combined with sewage and pumped to the Wards Island sewage treatment plant. 

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