Governor's Island

We’re excited to introduce Kim Holleman’s IDEAS CITY project, Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park!

IDEAS CITY, a biennial Festival in New York City from May 1 – May 4, explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work, and play. This year’s theme is Untapped Capital, with participants focused on resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities. Learn more at

NAME: Kim Holleman

PROJECT: Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park

Brief description of the project:

Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park is a living public park housed inside a fourteen-foot silver trailer that is 100 percent “street legal.” At Trailer Park, people can walk inside to go outside! The trailer houses a number of features that you might find at any other park, including brick planter beds, concrete and wooden benches, a winding stone path, trees, shrubs, vines, succulents, a fish pond, flowers, and even tiny insects and mushrooms every spring and fall. And the best part about it—it can go anywhere!

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Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy
Governors Island, Building 19, Nolan Park
August 24–September 29

In collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, ICP presents a photography exhibition detailing the damage and recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Drawn from an open call for submissions from the public that drew over 5,000 entries, the exhibition will include 100 works by more than 90 professional photographers, community members, and bystanders who photographed the effects of the devastating storm and the subsequent recovery efforts. The exhibition will also showcase video from Gideon Mendel’s Drowning Worldseries on flood zones around the globe, and a slide-show of the photo submissions from faculty, students, and alumni of the School at ICP.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy will be on view Saturdays and Sundays, 12–6 pm, and on Labor Day, Monday, September 2. The closing celebration will be held on Sunday, September 22.

The Engineers are Coming

In December, Mayor Bloomberg issued a challenge to help diversify the City’s economy and boost the growing technology sector by developing a new applied science and engineering research campus in New York City.

Since then, university representatives from four continents have visited the City to learn more about the initiative. We held an information session at the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a reception with Mayor Bloomberg at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, breakfast in the Governor’s Room at City Hall, and tours of the potential sites: the Navy Hospital Campus at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Goldwater Hospital Campus on Roosevelt Island near Manhattan, sites on Governor’s Island, Farm Colony on Staten Island as well as a number of privately-owned sites.

Governor’s Island, one of the possible sites for the new applied sciences campus.

Needless to say, the interest has been palpable. This week, we formally received 18 proposals from 27 academic institutions around the world to develop the new applied sciences campus. The institutions that submitted the responses are…

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