Gowanus design firm sponsors international planning competition

January 15, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Gowanus Canal area has seen dramatic changes in the recent past. Eagle photo by Caitlin McNamara
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Gowanus by Design, a community-based urban design advocacy group, is presenting its third international design and planning competition, “Axis Civitas.”

The two-phase competition asks participants to map and present conditions in the Gowanus area in a “Gowanus Atlas,” and then to use that analysis as the basis for an Urban Field Station that will be open to the public. Gowanus by Design describes the Atlas as “a collective mapping of the watershed surrounding the canal.”

In the recent past, the Gowanus Canal area has seen dramatic changes, including residential development, the announcement of a 10-year cleanup plan for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund site, the discovery of hazardous sub-surface conditions, global warming and the city’s long-term plan to reduce combined sewer overflows.

The project’s objectives, according to Gowanus by Design, include collecting data about the changing conditions in and around the canal, providing the community with new research, supporting community groups in the area, helping to physically define the Gowanus neighborhood and more.

Projects will be judged by a distinguished panel of architects and planners. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 6. For more information, visit www.gowanusbydesign.org.

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