Urban Planning Studio: Brooklyn Connect

Urban Planning Studio

Fall 2012

Howard Kozloff, critic

Downtown Brooklyn sits at the epicenter of a series of established, ongoing and new urban redevelopment initiatives. However, most of these nodes of activity are not connected in a coherent manner so as to encourage pedestrian linkages and pathways. Together with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the Brooklyn Connect studio created a cohesive strategic plan aimed at connecting these otherwise disparate focal points. The goal of the studio was to identify the need for, components of and opportunities with pedestrian linkages between and among several key points: Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO (along with Brooklyn Navy Yard, a component of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle), Brooklyn Navy Yard (along with DUMBO, a component of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle), Fort Greene Park and the Barclays Center.

Leaders of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership were the client, providing information and resources and expected a well‐written and designed report identifying opportunities and implementation recommendations. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership coordinates the unprecedented growth occurring in Brooklyn, while three business improvement districts ‐ MetroTech BID, Fulton Mall Improvement Association and Court‐Livingston‐Schermerhorn BID ‐ provide the essential services that enhance the City’s third largest commercial district.

Naomi Delphin, Danielle Dowler, Jinny Khanduja, Jimmy Lu, Sara Elisa Miller, Daleen Saah, Abby Scattergood + Stephanie Shellooe A/B/C