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Domino Sugar Refinery Tour

Event Public Works
April 18th, 2024
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location provided upon registration
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Ruchika Modi, Principal at PAU, brings a multifaceted understanding of how cities function to her architectural practice, with a background spanning industrial design, economics and journalism. Modi’s experiences living and working in Mumbai (then Bombay), New Delhi, and San Francisco have also influenced her nuanced view of urban planning and design, inspiring her passion for finding architectural solutions to a range of relevant issues, from sustainability to inequality. She sets the firm’s vision in partnership with Creative Director Vishaan Chakrabarti, including shaping the firm’s diverse portfolio of projects and overseeing all aspects of the design process.

Lisa is a recognized design leader and Partner at Field Operations, a leading-edge landscape architecture and urban design practice, where she leads many of the firm’s complex public realm projects. For over 20 years, Lisa has been intimately involved in many multi-disciplinary projects including New York City’s High Line, Domino Park in Brooklyn, Santa Monica’s Tongva Park, Gansevoort Peninsula in Hudson River Park, the 1.5-mile-long River Balcony in Saint Paul, and the transformative master plans for Staten Island’s Freshkills Park, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, The Underline in Miami, Waterfront Seattle, and most recently, Cleveland’s North Coast Lakefront.

Join us for a tour of the newly transformed Domino Sugar Refinery with Ruchika Modi and Lisa Switkin. 

Nearly two decades have passed since the Williamsburg rezoning, prompting an influx of new investments in housing, office development, and notable open spaces such as Domino Park and the forthcoming Domino Square. Bridging the neighborhood’s industrial heritage with recent growth, the adaptive reuse of the former Domino Sugar Refinery aims to become a focal point for a new urban campus.

We will tour The Refinery at Domino’s state of the art office building and living landscape with Ruchika Modi of PAU and Lisa Switkin of Field Operations. We then invite you to join us at a casual reception to continue the conversation.

How will the transformation of this historic landmark connect New Yorkers to new jobs and public amenities?

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Guest & Accessibility Policies

Urban Design Forum promotes conversations between invited civic leaders, designers, developers, and advocates. This event is open to Forum Fellows only.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.

  • The tour will include walking the site.
  • The tour requires wearing long pants and closed-toed shoes.
  • If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. Face masks are encouraged, particularly if you have been recently exposed to colds, flus, or other illness. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, a high-quality, well-fitting face covering is required at all times.
  • Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances to accommodate guests with allergies or environmental sensitivities.

If you have additional needs, we will do our best to accommodate. Please contact rsvp@urbandesignforum.org.

About Fellow Tours

As part of Public Works, we host tours of recent and ongoing built projects shaping the future of the public realm in New York City, with their designers, developers and builders. 

Support our work

Public Works is made possible through the support of our Board of Directors, Director’s Circle, Company Members, Global Circle, and our Campaign for Courageous Leadership, as well as from individual members through membership dues. Urban Design Forum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

To learn more about supporting Public Works, please contact Miranda Bellizia, miranda@urbandesignforum.org.

Heading Image Credit: The Refinery at Domino and activated Domino Park – photo by Max Touhey
Tour Images: Sam Lahoz

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