2022 Honor Award
Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm Action Plan
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and WXY Architecture
Client: Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Image Credit: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
About the Project:
Downtown Brooklyn is a uniquely multifaceted 240-acre central business district with local and national retail and businesses; educational, cultural and government institutions; and booming residential sector. It has a diverse mix of residents, visitors and workers who activate and animate the streetscapes, plazas, and public spaces. Since the 2004 rezoning Downtown Brooklyn has experienced enormous growth with 30% population increase (45,000 new residents), 26% job growth, and remains one of the busiest retail districts in the New York City.
The Plan draws upon the District’s existing conditions, systems, land uses and policies to create a bold design vision that is uniquely Brooklyn, provides 1,000 new trees, safer pedestrian experience by rethinking the bus network, improving the bicycle network, and unlocks projects, initiatives and pilots for a more vibrant public realm largely focused on the pedestrian experience.