Connections - the Gowanus Lowline

Result

First Place Prize
Project Name: Gowanus Flowlands
Team Members: Tyler Caine, Luke Carnahan, Ryan Doyle, Brandon Specketer
Location: New York, NY

Second Place Prize
Project Name: [f]lowline
Team Name: Aptum/Landscape Intelligence
Team Members: Gale Fulton, Roger Hubeli, Julie Larsen

Honorable Mention
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
Honorable Mention

Project Name: Made in Brooklyn: Bridges For Local Artisans & Industry
Team Members: Nathan Rich and Miriam Peterson
Honorable Mention

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
Honorable Mention

Project Name: Gowanus Canal Filter District
Team Name: burkholder|salmons
Team Members: Sean Burkholder, Dylan Salmons

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Overview

How do you define connection(s) relative to the Gowanus Canal and secondly, how is this understanding realized?

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Urban
Country New York, United States
Registration Deadline 1 April 2011 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 17 April 2011 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All individuals and team members must be ages 18 and over.

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Description
Gowanus Crossings is an inaugural international ideas competition, which invites speculation on the value of urban development of postindustrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, pedestrian-oriented architecture that either passively or actively engages with the 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 Gowanus by Design’s objectives is to generate a discourse about urban issues that are currently relevant to the Gowanus Canal Community. The competition is designed to generate a spectrum of possible solutions. The jury will look for designers to explore their own design sensibilities while tackling complex urban challenges specific to the canal. The competition aims to attract the interest of a wide range of individuals (not just those within the architectural profession) on a local and international level.
The Gowanus Canal is located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, geographically on the westernmost portion of Long Island. Connected to the Upper New York Bay, the canal borders the neighborhoods of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens to the west, Boerum Hill to the north, and Gowanus and Park Slope to the east; Sunset Park is further south along the eastern edge of the canal's outlet into the bay. There are five east-west bridge crossings over the canal, located at Union Street, Carroll Street (an historic retractile bridge), Third Street, Ninth Street, and Hamilton Avenue. The Gowanus Expressway (Interstate 278) and the IND Culver Line of the New York City Subway, the only above-ground section of the original Independent Subway System, pass overhead. Currently designated an EPA Superfund site, the canal and its surrounding neighborhoods have begun the process of a federally-guided remediation of contaminated land.
While there are no specific boundaries to work within for your proposal, the parameters for this competition could be considered to lie anywhere between the Flushing Station (northern edge) at Butler Street and the Ninth Street Bridge (southern edge), and include the uplands on either side. Entrants may choose to locate their intervention at varying east/west proximity to the canal.

Jury
Julie Bargmann, DIRT Studio, Landscape Architect
David J. Lewis, LTL Architects, Architect
Gregg Pasquarelli AIA, Principal SHoP Architects
Richard Plunz, Columbia University GSAPP
Andrew Simons, Chairman, Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Joel Towers, Dean of Parsons The New School For Design

Prize
First place: $1000 GbD cash prize
Two Second prizes: $500 cash prize each
Up to 3 Additional Honorable Mentions

Entry Fee
$50 per submission (Individual & Teams)

Entries
one 24" x 36" (PDF)

Timetable
Jury Convenes: April 2011
Winners Announced: May 2011
Exhibition Opening: May 2011

Organizer
Gowanus by Design

Official Website
http://www.gowanuslowline.org/