The “NJIT Design Studio” exhibit can be seen at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s (NJMC) Flyway Gallery through April 25. The exhibit is the result of an architecture studio at NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design in which students were tasked with outlining a theoretical new use for the former Bergen County Utilities Authority Transfer Station and its surrounding grounds in North Arlington. Led by Adjunct Professor Ira Smith, the academic exercise focused on repurposing the site into the New Jersey Air and Space Center, an expansion of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum, which is currently located in Teterboro. The students spent four months creating plans for the museum, which would include an exhibit hangar, additional exhibit space and a nearby working blimp field. Francisco Artigas, director of the NJMC Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI), provided technical assistance to the students.
The Flyway Gallery, located in the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Directions to DeKorte Park can be found at http://www.njmeadowlands.gov/about/about.html or by calling 201-777-2431.