Golf in the City: New Dialog On Sustainable Urbanism


Image: The Ghost Hole, The Putting Lot

What used to be a parking lot in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is now a mini-golf course, The Putting Lot. The course consists of 9 holes, each designed by a different artist or architect. Golfers start at hole number 1, "the ghost hole", designed by Ben Roosevelt. A heavy-duty decal of a photograph of the location of hole number 1 before clean-up connects the player to the history of the lot, celebrating new utility by bridging to the forlorn past. Looking down, it still appears that the site is littered with plastics, cans, and waste. Take a tour of the course at the video link below.Babelgum shot a professional quality interview with Gabriel Fries-Briggs and Rachel Himmelfarb, the minds behind the putting lot. It shows all nine holes, including "the glory hole," where only good planning gets you through, "are you wet yet?" in which players must dampen their feet to sink a putt and holes commemorating biking in the city, rainwater collection, urban density, and street art among other themes. The game ends on hole 9, "the living lot," which introduces greenery and nature back into the urban landscape.

Gabi and Rachel describe how they want to get people engaged in conversations about sustainable urbanism. The 100 by 25 foot lot located in an industrial-residential mixed use neighborhood also hosts movie nights and events, such as seed-bomb actions.

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