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 Yet new growth and sea level rise will add pressure to already outdated sewer infrastructure.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?

For Gowanus: A Case Study, we were joined by Sharon Davis, Michelle de la Uz, Brad Lander, Gita Nandan, and Andrea Parker as they proposed leveraging development in Gowanus to expand the neighborhood’s green infrastructure network and preserve the area’s cultural assets.


Event Recap + Proposals ↓

On August 10, the Urban Design Forum charged civic leaders to develop proposals for the expansion of Gowanus’ green infrastructure network and preservation of the area’s cultural assets and affordable housing:

Sharon Davis, Sharon Davis Design
Stitching Gowanus

Michelle de la Uz, Fifth Avenue Committee
Maintaining NYCHA

Gita Nandan & Elliott Maltby, thread collective
Gowanus Field Station

Andrea Parker, Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Gowanus Lowlands


Event Photos ↓


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