(**UPDATE 2: The registration deadline is extended to June 26, 2015. The submission deadline is July 31, 2015.)
Axis: a partnership; the central part about which a network is arranged.
Civitas: citizenship, especially as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose, and sense of community.
Gowanus by Design presents its third international design competition, “Axis Civitas.” The two-component competition asks participants to first map and present conditions relevant to the Gowanus area in a Gowanus Atlas and second to use that analysis as the basis for their design of an Urban Field Station that is open to the public.
Despite being a poster child for the negative impact of 19th and 20th century industry and resulting toxic waterway, the Gowanus neighborhood today offers a rich diversity of uses, demographics, history, and opportunity for growth. The Gowanus Atlas will synthesize the area’s underlying characteristics, positive and negative, and visually explain in the Urban Field Station how complex urban and ecological conditions can be assessed for their impact on 21st century planning strategies. It is the goal of GbD to not only aggregate, collect, and distribute content specific to the area, but also to reveal the conditions that define the area in Brooklyn known as “Gowanus” and influence its evolution.
- Collect, research, synthesize, and visualize the changing conditions in and around the Gowanus.
- Provide the community new resources so future decisions on growth and development may be fully evaluated.
- Support the voices of various community groups in the Gowanus area.
- Help physically define the Gowanus neighborhood.
- Encourage performance-based planning strategies.
- Speculate on the impact of changing conditions over the next 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 years.
- Susannah C. Drake FASLA AIA, Principal, dlandstudio
- David J. Lewis AIA, Principal, LTL Architects
- Brian McGrath, Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School For Design
- Andrea Parker, Executive Director, Gowanus Canal Conservancy
- Richard A. Plunz, Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
- Robert M. Rogers FAIA, Partner, Rogers Partners
- Claire Weisz FAIA, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design
- Adam Yarinsky FAIA LEED AP, Principal, Architecture Research Office
Competition registration opens Monday, November 24, 2014.
The deadline for registration is Friday, June 26, 2015.
The deadline for submission is Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:59 pm EDT
Discounts will be provided for large groups (e.g university students). Contact GbD for details.
Student (full-time enrollment in an educational institution): $50 per individual or team entry
For grouped entries of two or more that propose one Urban Field Station: $40 per entry (e.g. five grouped entries = $200)
All payments are final
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