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 L Robbins, is a Principal at FXCollaborative (formerly FXFOWLE), and thier Director of Urban Design. Jack works with public and private clients to create vibrant, sustainable cities. He brings a design-oriented approach and international experience to creatively solving complex challenges, with a keen understanding of the designer's responsibility to the public. Jack has lead mixed-use development projects, spanning urban infrastructure, transportation, multi-family residential developments, and large-scale master plans. He recently lead the team that won the international Driverless Future competition, with "Public Square", a public space design-driven response to automated vehicles. With an undergraduate foundation in visual arts and literature from Harvard University, he received his Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. Travel has also been formative for Jack, who grew up in various cities and began his architecture career working in Hong Kong. An active voice in the wider design community, he teaches in the Real Estate program at NYU, frequently speaks at conferences and symposia, and his writing has appeared in Architectural Record, World Architecture, and the New York Times.