Winning projects in three categories have been announced in Gowanus by Design's latest competition, WATER_WORKS. The brief called for solutions specific to Brooklyn's Gowanus area that simultaneously explored the role of water in recreation, quotidian uses, and in contaminated urban environments, and demonstrated how a redesigned community center and retention facility represent a more progressive view of the city's infrastructure.
The competition jury comprised Richard Plunz, Pofessor, Columbia University GSAPP & Director, Urban Design Lab; David J. Lewis, Founding Partner, LTL Architects; Robert M Rogers, Founding Partner, Rogers Marvel Architects; Andrew Simons, Chairman, Gowanus Canal Conservancy; and Joel Towers, Dean, Parsons The New School For Design.
While reviewing the over 150 submissions, the jurors agreed that no single entry fully addressed the multitude of challenges presented by the competition brief and therefore decided to award winners in three categories instead: Urban Ecology, Architectural Design, and Community Programming.
Following are the winning projects in the three categories:
Category: Urban Ecology
1st Place: Water_Works
Studio TJOA: Audrey Worden, Alex Worden; Brooklyn, New York
Honorable Mention: Modular Floodplain and Community Center
Pilot Projects: Scott Francisco, James Wilson, Drew Powers; New York, New York
Honorable Mention: Watering Mound
Urban Playground: Bhujon Kang, Andre Bighorse; Phoenix, Arizona
Category: Architectural Design
1st Place: HARVEST(IN)Gowanus
Amanda Gann (student); Knoxville, Tennessee
2nd Place: in[filtration]
Andrea Deberry and Michele Niaki (students); Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Honorable Mention: Responsibility
CBE: Shu Kuei Hsu (student); Seattle, Washington
Category: Community Programming
1st Place: Flood Courts Gowanus
Josip Zaninović, Krešimir Renić, Ana Ranogajec, Tamara Marić, Branko Palić; Zagreb, Croatia
2nd Place: POOL LOOP
Morcillo + Pallares arquitectos: Ana Morcillo Pallares and Jonathan Rule; Murcia, Spain
Honorable Mention: Water_Works Gowanus Canal Community Center
Joseph Barrick (student); Washington, DC
All images courtesy of Gowanus by Design.