Alexander Gorlin Architects, Brownsville Proposal
This exhibition, presented by Alexander Gorlin Architects with Community Solutions, proposes public space improvements designed to reinvigorate Lower Manhattan’s housing developments. The proposal encompasses creating more usable green space, building additional housing, and utilizing new energy technologies.
We will exhibit our master plan for Brownsville, Brooklyn, in order to show the untapped capital present in current housing developments. We will lay out what can be done to reimagine unused space as well as demonstrate four distinct ways in which a housing development can harness untapped capital:
1. By reconnecting the city block to its original pattern in order to create a vibrant street life complete with local shops and community facilities. This creates jobs and jump-starts the local economy.
2. By creating play areas as well as urban greenhouses and rooftop farms in the presently underutilized spaces between current towers. Urban agriculture allows for a healthier local food system and provides a positive community activity.
3. By building additional housing using surplus FAR (Floor Area Ratio). In doing this, we can meet the housing needs of families in Lower Manhattan.
4. By utilizing new energy technologies, including solar, geothermal, and wind power. This will enable housing developments to create their own energy, thereby lowering energy costs and paving the way for self-sufficient communities.