The planned remediation of the Gowanus Canal is driving enormous development interest to an industrial quarter of the city. A forthcoming rezoning may usher in a new wave of residential development, open spaces and community facilities. Yet new growth and sea level rise will add pressure to already outdated sewer infrastructure.

How can increased attention on this unique neighborhood be leveraged to maintain its physical and social infrastructures? What can designers and planners do today to ensure long-term livability of the neighborhood?

Join Sharon Davis, Michelle de la Uz, Brad Lander, Gita Nandan, and Andrea Parker as they propose leveraging development in Gowanus to expand the neighborhood’s green infrastructure network and preserve the area’s cultural assets.


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The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Forum Fellows are welcome to invite one additional guest to attend. Tickets to this event are non-transferable.



About Maintaining ↓

Help us craft a vision for maintaining New York City!

Gowanus: A Case Study is the third program of Maintaining, a year-long inquiry into strengthening New York City’s physical and social infrastructure.

Share your ideas about how to care for New York City’s public assets.


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Tod Seelie