On October 2, we welcomed David Ehrenberg and Claire Weisz for the unveiling of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan, along with tours of new projects with Jonathan Marvel and Navid Maqami.

As one of the largest adaptive reuse projects in New York City, the Brooklyn Navy Yard reimagines the Industrial Campus for the 21st century. The Yard preserves a rich manufacturing history while incubating a modern industrial sector, with an expected growth of 17,000 quality jobs by 2020. In BNY’s 300-acre waterfront site, new vertical manufacturing development and public realm investments will strengthen connections with and offer new opportunities to surrounding communities.

How can New York City reshape our existing industrial sites to grow its modern manufacturing and accommodate new ways of working? How can we improve the public realm in industrial zones to enhance connection to the surrounding communities?


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Program Schedule ↓

Tours, 4:00 – 6:00pm [Choose One]

BLDG 77 & New Lab:
Explore the recent transformation of BLDG 77 and the New Lab – two former sites for military innovation which are now home to advanced manufacturing- with Jonathan Marvel of Marvel Architects. The tour will end at Modern Meadow located at the New Lab, a biofabrication materials lab that creates leather through cellular agriculture.

Dock 72 & BNY Bridge:

Join S9 Architecture at the newly developed Dock 72, a modern commercial and light industrial space designed with WeWork; then, walk the site with WXY for a new pedestrian bridge concept that will create better public access to BNY’s East River Ferry. End at Brooklyn Grange Farm at BLDG 3, one of the largest rooftop soil farms in the world.

Presentations, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan:

Learn more about the latest vision for expansion with David Ehrenberg, Claire Weisz, Adam Lubinsky and Paul van der Grient. Preview plans for new vertical manufacturing buildings, improved public access, and pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.


Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Attendance is exclusively available to Fellows of the Forum. Learn more about becoming a Fellow.


Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of our Director’s Circle.

Shape our year-long inquiry by becoming a program sponsor and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers on the future of neighborhood development.

To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


About Next New York: Work Force ↓

This will be the first event of our Work Force series, a year-long inquiry into the changing nature of work and how it should impact urban design. As the City implements the “New York Works” jobs plan and rezones outer borough business and industrial districts, the Forum will consider how creative zoning, investment in the public realm, and new infrastructure might enhance economic outcomes for all.


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WXY + architecture + urban design