Bronx River Crossing


Bronx River Crossing brought together youth, enrolled in local high-schools and after-school programs, with university students in architecture and urban design, to study the Bronx beyond entrenched preconceptions of territory, by designing, constructing and floating a large-scale model of the ecology and human settlement of the Lower Bronx River Watershed. The Watershed Raft juxtaposed riparian nature with architectural monuments and infrastructural networks in need of reclamation, laying the groundwork for a multilayered exploration of other future sites requiring historic preservation and environmental justice.


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Bronx New York



2009 Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship


Partners and Team: 

Van Alen Institute

Bronx River Alliance 

NYC Urban Park Rangers 

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice

Columbia University MAUD

Fordham University Visual Arts

NJIT School of Architecture

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom H.S.

Pablo Neruda Academy, Urban Workshop 

Robert Wrazen, Chris Kannen, Katie Kannen

Aslihan Demirtas