Connections is an inaugural ideas competition, inviting speculation on the value of urban development of postindustrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, pedestrian-oriented architecture that either passively or actively engages with the Canal and the surrounding watershed. This competition focuses on the design of connections in and around the canal, and the residual moments around these connections. These may relate to the east west crossings and/or the north south corridor that defines the Canal and uplands.
The theme of this inaugural competition is framed in the following question:
How do you define connection(s) relative to the Gowanus Canal and secondly, how is this understanding realized?
One of Gowanus by Design’s objectives is to generate a discourse about urban issues that are currently relevant to the Gowanus Canal community. The competition is designed to generate a spectrum of possible solutions. The jury will look for designers to explore their own design sensibilities while tackling complex urban challenges specific to the canal. The competition aims to attract the interest of a wide range of individuals (not just those within the architectural profession) on a local and international level.