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Brooklyn Bridge Crossroads: Landscape plan rebuilds a gateway to the iconic bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Crossroads: Landscape plan rebuilds a gateway to the iconic bridge | green streets | Scoop.it

Every day, thousands of cyclists and pedestrians jockey for space on a narrow strip along the center of the Brooklyn Bridge. At the Brooklyn terminus of the bridge, however, the already-chaotic scene devolves into a dangerous confluence of cars, bikes, and pedestrians as the path abruptly ends in the center of a busy intersection at Adams and Tillary streets.

After five years of study, meetings, and schematic designs, however, accessing the Brooklyn Bridge will soon be improved under a plan to revamp the Brooklyn Bridge Gateway Area streetscape, encompassing Tillary Street between Cadman Plaza West and Prince Street and several blocks of Adams Street, with widened sidewalks, improved bike lanes, and increased landscaping.

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Brooklyn Cultural Experiment: A Contextual Mixed Use Development

Brooklyn Cultural Experiment: A Contextual Mixed Use Development | green streets | 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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Brooklyn to build automated underground parking garage - under a public park

Brooklyn to build automated underground parking garage - under a public park | green streets | Scoop.it
A new project in Brooklyn will serve a dual purpose - not only will it be a public green space, but the ground underneath it will contain a state-of-the-art automated parking facility.


When the Willoughby Square Park opens in 2016, it will be home to an acre of green space, with mature trees, gardens, picnic areas, and water features for residents to enjoy. And underneath it all will be a state-of-the-art fully-automated 700-car parking garage that puts the cars out of sight, while also reducing the amount of exhaust pollution associated with idling in traditional parking garages.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 12, 2013 1:44 PM

This is what we need in San Diego East End IDEA District

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Breaking Blocks: public housing minus the superblock

Breaking Blocks: public housing minus the superblock | green streets | Scoop.it

Rosanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions, proposes a surgical approach to Brooklyn's public housing that preserves original buildings and emphasizes breaking up the superblock with through-traffic streets, integrated urban agriculture, ground floor retail, and the incorporation of social services—all without displacing a single resident.

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HAO’s proposal to revive Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory into cultural destination

HAO’s proposal to revive Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory into cultural destination | green streets | Scoop.it

Holm Architecture Office was recently commissioned for an idea proposal to revive the existing buildings of the Domino Sugar Factory in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The factory opened in 1856 and was once the sugar processing center of the U.S. before it shut down in 2004. The factory has been empty since then.

HAO's proposal for the Domino Culture Factory combines public and private programming that regenerates the abandoned factory into a cultural and educational destination for local communities and all who visit.

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Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley?

Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley? | green streets | 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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Peter Jasperse's curator insight, September 15, 2013 2:58 AM

An interesting article on how carefull urban planning can foster the tech scene in a city: creating safe public spaces where people can meet and hook up to the internet, good management of office space so companies can grow and a high tech industries to support the tech scene. 

Not onle NY is going that way, also London (Silicon Roundabout) is working hard on it's own inner city tech hub.

John Boitnott's curator insight, September 15, 2013 1:15 PM

Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley?

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.

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No vacancy: Unleashing the potential of empty urban land

No vacancy: Unleashing the potential of empty urban land | green streets | Scoop.it

A group of volunteers in Brooklyn mapped all the vacant city-owned properties in the borough, and discovered a remarkable amount of unused real estate...

Less than a year old, 596 Acres is the work of a small core of volunteers, including Paula Z. Segal, a lawyer and lead facilitator for the group. Segal first got interested in the city-owned vacant lots because of a site known as Myrtle Village Green, near where she lived at the time.

Researching the site, Segal learned how much data was available on vacant city land that had not yet been locked down by developers — and she got excited about the potential uses for that space. She presented some of her findings at the Festival of Ideas for the New City last year, and that’s where she met Eric Breisford, a programmer who, like her, is involved in a variety of other projects having to do with access to public space, public data, and decent food. The duo quickly got to work on making the data more accessible in both digital and paper formats.

Together they worked to get a map printed that showed the data they had gathered, and an online version as well. They researched a few lots in greater detail, then wheatpasted the printed maps to foam core boards along with explanations of “what’s going on here,” and posted those at a few lots around Brooklyn...

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Pedestrians First at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Pedestrians First at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn | green streets | Scoop.it

Brooklyn’s grandest public space at Prospect Park has always been a work in progress. Grand Army Plaza, an oval-shaped public space, was built as the park's main entrance in 1866, serving as a buffer between nature and city. Over time, a monumental archway was added, fountains came & went, and eventually the roads were widened until the plaza was effectively cut off from the surrounding neighborhoods.

Last week, however, after months of construction to tame the out-of-control roadways, a group of civic leaders gathered in what was once a busy street to celebrate the newly reclaimed plaza. NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan praised the intersection's transformation into a multi-modal space, saying the changes are “an incredible invitation into the plaza to appreciate a landmark in a new way.” The transformation is not just a boon for pedestrians and cyclists, but for motorists as well, since automobile behaviors have been streamlined by new medians and pedestrian islands to reduce merging conflicts.

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