Gowanus Connections is Gowanus By Design's inaugural international ideas competition, inviting speculation on the value of urban development of postindustrial urban lands, and the possibility of dynamic, pedestrian-oriented architecture that engages with the
Gowanus Canal and the surrounding watershed. This competition, the first of a series, focuses on the design of connections in and around the canal, and the residual moments around these connections.
One of GbD’s objectives is to generate a discourse about urban issues that are currently relevant to the Gowanus Canal community. The competition was designed to generate a spectrum of possible solutions.
The applicants were judged by an independent jury of award-winning practitioners including landscape architect, Julie Bargmann of DIRT Studios; architects David J. Lewis of LTL Architects and Greg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects; urban
planner Richard Plunz of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture,Planning and Preservation; Andrew Simons of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Joel Towers, Dean of the Parsons School of Design. The jury’s criteria included
focusing on designers who explored their design sensibilities while tackling complex urban challenges specific to the canal.
The competition and exhibition are supported by the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation (gowanus.org), Soho Reprographics (www.sohorepro.com) and SET Gallery (www.setgallery.org/).
Project Name: Gowanus Flowlands
Team Members: Tyler Caine, Luke Carnahan, Ryan Doyle, Brandon Specketer
Location: New York, NY
Project Name: [f]lowline Team Name: Aptum/Landscape Intelligence Team Members: Gale Fulton, Roger Hubeli, Julie Larsen
Project Name: Domestic Laundry: Flush Basin Curtain Mattress Pillow
Team Name: Agergroup
Team Members: Claire Ji Kim, Shan Shan Lu, Winnie Lai, and Albert Chung
Project Name: Made in Brooklyn: Bridges For Local Artisans & Industry
Team Members: Nathan Rich and Miriam Peterson
Project Name: B.Y.O.B. (Build Your Own Bridge)
Team Name: Austin+Mergold LLC
Team Members: Jason Austin, Alex Mergold, Jessica Brown, Sally Reynolds
Project Name: Gowanus Canal Filter District
Team Name: burkholder|salmons
Team Members: Sean Burkholder, Dylan Salmons