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DLANDSTUDIO ARCHITECTURE + LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
BROOKLYN, NY
Opened this year, the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot is the first
realized phase of the project's master plan for a continuous, 1.5-mile
esplanade along the canal. The park is designed as a working landscape
that gradually improves the environmental quality of the canal, once a
major industrial transportation route, now one of the country's most
contaminated water bodies and an EPA Superfund site. The project
equally values the aesthetic, programmatic, and productive importance
of managing water flowing into the canal.
As a new green infrastructure prototype, the plan diverts excess
storm-water runoff for use in the public park along the canal, reducing the input of rain water into the combined sewer system. Plants and
engineered soils included in the design draw heavy metals and biological toxins out of contaminated water. A new permeable bridge provides
access to the waterfront and showcases native plants in the public rightof-way street-end that terminates at the water's edge. The 1,800-squarefoot planted bio-retention basin between the open space and street
maximizes the area available for storm-water management. Each streetend bioswale manages a million gallons of storm water per year.
The project is located within the waterfront setbacks established by
the Gowanus Canal rezoning plans, developed by the NYC Department of City Planning. Its layout integrates a 20-foot, EPA-recommended setback from the bulkhead, and maintains the existing public
space adjacent to the canal. The project was built in collaboration with
the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYCDOT, and
NYC Parks, with input from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and
stakeholders from the communities that line the canal. The firm has
been working on the project for over a decade, writing and receiving
grants to fund its design and construction.

DLAND Studio

URBAN DESIGN MERIT
52

THE GOWANUS CANAL SPONGE PARK PILOT

DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape
Architecture Design Team
Susannah C. Drake, FASLA, RLA, RA, Sandra
Chuck, RLA, LEED AP, Yong Kim
Collaborators
NYC Department of Transportation, New
England Interstate Water Pollution Control
Commission, NYC Department of Environmental
Protection, NYS Environmental Facilities
Corporation, Weidlinger Associates, Kirk Barrett
PE, Manhattan College Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, Galvin Brothers



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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