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Cities of the World
Stories about cities and the culture in and around them (especially making them better)
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Brooklyn Cultural Experiment: A Contextual Mixed Use Development

Brooklyn Cultural Experiment: A Contextual Mixed Use Development | Cities of the World | Scoop.it

A new mixed-use development, called “EyeBAM,” is the latest addition to Brooklyn’s burgeoning Downtown Cultural District.

Dattner Architects, Bernheimer Architecture, and SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, have been selected by the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to design a 12-story building with109 apartments (40 percent affordable and 60 percent market rate), a restaurant and two arts-and-science-focused organizations, Eyebeam and Science Gallery.

Designed to engage with neighboring cultural institutions, the restaurant will flow into the new Arts Plaza, which will include outdoor seating to activate the space.

To further accentuate the cultural space, the architects plan to implement a glazed exterior on the lower levels. The material palette, composed of terracotta and brick, is a nod to Brooklyn’s architectural history.

“We wanted to create a scale and texture to the building that was both contextual to the neighborhood but also gave the building its own identity."

 


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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 29, 2013 1:33 PM

This is an example of what smart cities will be encouraging.

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Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley?

Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley? | Cities of the World | Scoop.it

Planners present a smart vision for any city seeking to accommodate innovation.

A new cluster of tech activity in Brooklyn is taking shape, showing some of the momentum its West coast counterpart had decades ago, already home about 500 tech and creative companies, with demand for space expected to double by 2015.

But how do you make sure a dense urban area can accommodate that growth and transform into a zone where connectivity is a given and tech-fueled civic experimentation is encouraged?

In other words, what does it take to make Brooklyn the city of tomorrow? That’s just what the architects and urban designers at WXY Studio were tasked with figuring out...

 

Read the complete article to find more on the strategic plan for the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, which lays out in detail what it will take to establish a thriving tech hub in the heart of Brooklyn.


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Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley?

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 12, 2013 9:51 PM

I used to live in walking distance of this area. It must have changed dramatically but it is a walk I would not have wanted to take.