Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Design Your Own Gowanus

Connections: The Gowanus Lowline is design ideas competition for the Gowanus Canal area in Brooklyn, NY organized by Gowanus by Design (GbD) and sponsored by the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation. It invites open speculation on the value of urban development of post-industrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, pedestrian-oriented architecture that either passively or actively engages with the Canal and the surrounding watershed.

One of GbD’s goals is to generate a discourse about urban issues that are currently relevant to the local community. The competition is designed to generate a spectrum of possible solutions and the jury will look for designers to explore their own design sensibilities while tackling complex urban challenges specific to the canal.

GbD is proud to present an internationally renowned jury of industry professionals and experts in the areas of architecture, sustainable design, landscape design and community development:

Julie Bargmann, Founding Principal, D.I.R.T. Studio
David J. Lewis, Principal, LTL Architects
Gregg Pasquarelli, Founding Principal, SHoP Architects
Richard Plunz, Director, Urban Design Lab, Columbia GSAPP
Andrew Simons, Chairman, Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Joel Towers, Dean, Parsons The New School of Design

Our organization proposes a new strategy going forward for the development of the Gowanus area, showcasing different options for the canal and including the many voices of canal stakeholders. GbD will propose projects that speculate upon the potential for what the canal can be and will track the coordination of clean-up and development efforts between the many city agencies whose decisions impact those of us who live and work near the canal.

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Anonymous said...

Has anyone figured out the carbon foot print of the rehabilitated Flushing Tunnel yet?
Just how much power will it take to bump up the dissolved oxygen level of the canal and flush out all the yuck into the harbor?

Would "Greening" the Gowanus require some alternative to this power hungry Flushing Tunnel apparatus?

Anonymous said...

http://www.gowanuslowline.org/objectives.html states:

"The competition aims to attract the interest of a wide range of individuals (not just those within the architectural profession) on a local and international level."

But it also has a $50 entry fee in order to participate in this conversation. That will certainly limit the "wide range of individuals" they are looking for.