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City Tech offers proposals for new downtown spaces

November 19, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) Department of Architectural Technology faculty and students have proposed designs for sites between Borough Hall and the Brooklyn Navy Yard that hold exceptional potential. Photo by Matthew Taub
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As a result of a rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn in 2004, the neighborhood has experienced a surge of residential construction. The award-winning Brooklyn Bridge Park brings thousands of daily visitors, and there are substantial numbers of new residents.

The area between the courthouses and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, however, remains unresolved with underutilized properties, multiple dangerous intersections, poor lighting and overall difficult pedestrian navigation.

Beginning Monday and continuing through Wednesday, New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) Department of Architectural Technology faculty and students are presenting their solutions to this problem with proposed designs for the sites that hold exceptional potential.

The presentation, “Architectural Visions: Transforming Downtown Brooklyn — 40 Innovative Designs,” offers 40 innovative design proposals for transforming this area through imaginative architectural approaches, proposed mixed uses, transportation alternatives and fresh changes to the streetscape.

“The development of Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn [Tech] Triangle is a remarkable renaissance in the development of New York City,” said Kevin Hom, dean of The School of Technology and Design. “But joint efforts of our faculty and students have investigated and uncovered various urban design issues, which are close to our hearts.”

From ice skating rinks, parks over parking lots, concert venues, visitor centers, famers’ markets, mixed-use buildings and multicultural spaces, the proposals are not short on ideas. The exhibit is open for public viewing, showcasing dozens of architectural models, photography and animation that offer innovative and realistic solutions for transforming the area into a more exciting and welcoming environment.

The exhibit is free and open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 17-19, at Borough Hall. For more information, contact Professor Agustin Maldonado at [email protected] or 212-986-8872.

-Matthew Taub of the Brooklyn Brief contributed reporting to this article

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