Brooklyn Waterfront Transformations: Can you plan "hip"?
You'll learn about:
An understanding about integration of different uses, and how planning approaches to this are changing.
Understand the variety of ways that waterfront open space is integrated with new development and the benefits and drawbacks of various approaches.
Understand the role of key programs as urban development catalysts
Understand the role of zoning in spurring and shaping development.
Understand the changing relationship of new housing to old industrial and new maker economies.
Understand a variety of approaches to waterfront flooding resiliency
The tour will cover the recent redevelopment of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfronts, moving from older more established residential developments, to ones that are merely in the planning stages. Topics will include:
- Rezoning and the role of zoning in catalyzing and shaping development. The 2005 rezoning of the waterfront was a success in catalyzing new residential development, but is it now creating a residential monoculture? How are newer development like the Greenpoint Terminal Market trying to change this with new approaches to mixed use?
- Open Space and the role of open space in planning and development. The waterfront plan requires significant amounts of open space and access to the waterfront. Some of it is built by developers, some of it by the city. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Some planned open spaces (Bushwick Inlet Park extension) have gotten bogged in a conflict between the City and private land owners, to the outrage of local community groups. Other (Transmitter Park extension) are taking an alternate approach. What lessons can be learned about how cities can go about creating new parks to accompany new development?
- Catalysts. What key uses can work as catalysts for development? From temporary uses like the Smorgasburg food market, to permanent ones like Brooklyn Bowl, the Wythe Hotel, or the Brooklyn Expo. How do these uses energize neighborhoods and act as the leading edge of transformation without triggering resistance or resentment? Can parks and open space be a catalyst? How do new uses remain "authentic" to their neighborhoods?
- Resiliency. How are new projects helping to provide flood protection? What are the pros and cons of site-wide vs. building-specific strategies.
The Williamsburg and Greenpoint watefronts offer a living labratory of different approaches to urban transformations, and walking the neighborhoods lets you see both the results and the transformations in process.
, Starr Whitehouse PLLC
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerStephen Whitehouse, ASLA, AICP Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners Stephen Whitehouse is a landscape architect and planner who focuses on the environmental quality and social vitality of places. As chief of planning at New York City Parks in the 1990s, Whitehouse launched the city’s Greenway and Green Streets programs, negotiated park improvements at Riverside South and other development projects, and acquired new parks. His recent Starr Whitehouse projects include Bushwick Inlet Park on the East River in Brooklyn, a new urban stormwater park in Hoboken, and public space and resilience planning on the Rebuild by Design BIG U plan for Lower Manhattan.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerJack Robbins, AIA, LEED AP, is an Urban Designer and Architect, and a Principal of FXFOWLE in New York. Jack works with public and private clients worldwide to create vibrant, sustainable cities. He brings a design-oriented approach and international experience to creatively solving complex urban challenges. Jack has extensive experience leading large, collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams to deliver design solutions that are both innovative and realizable. His projects include multi-family residential developments, both affordable and luxury; commercial office buildings; transportation centers; and large scale master plans for public, private, and institutional clients. He has a particular expertise in waterfront and urban infrastructure-related projects. Jack recently led the Sunnyside Yard feasibility study, an 18-month engineering, economics, and urban design examination of what it would take to develop over 180-acre active rail yard in Queens, New York. Jack also led the team for Public Square, the winner of the Driverless Future design competition sponsored by the City of New York. Other recent and ongoing projects include planning for Governors Island in New York, a master plan for Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, a 150-room boutique hotel in Brooklyn, a public open space for Columbia University Medical Center, and a master plan for a mixed use redevelopment of 12.5-acres of the Brooklyn waterfront. Jack led the urban design effort for the NYCEDC Southern Manhattan Multi-Purpose Levee Study, a city-scaled resiliency project designed to protect Lower Manhattan from coastal flooding and provide opportunities for new development. He served as Senior Designer & Planner on the firm's team for Atlanta's Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT), completed for a public-private partnership of developers and the Georgia Department of Transportation. The project includes a mixed use terminal for bus (local, regional, and intercity), rail (light rail, commuter, and high-speed), with integrated office and residential towers as well as a master plan for 119 acres of downtown Atlanta. MMPT has been recognized with numerous awards including World Architecture News Transport Award, and an Urban Design Award by the American Institute of Architects, New York State. Jack frequently speaks at conferences and symposia, and for several years has taught a course on planning and design at the New York University Schack School of Real Estate. As an active member of the AIA New York Planning and Urban Design committee, Jack created and edited the website Zoning@100, a collection of writings marking the 100th anniversary of the New York Zoning Resolution. His writings have appeared in Architectural Record, World Architecture, The New York Times, Fast Company’s Co.Design, Columns magazine, and FXFOWLE’s own research journal Podium. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture.