The Gowanus Embankment and Basin: A Proposal

Once a freshwater stream and tidal estuary, now recognized as one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States, the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn has most recently become the focus of the City’s developers, politicians, artists and community activists.

As part of an idea competition titled “Connections: The Gowanus Lowline,” our proposal envisions a mixed-use neighborhood called the “Gowanus Embankment,” and redeveloping the Gowanus Basin as an economic hub. Significant regrading would protect residential zones from future flooding, and removal of hazardous waste would be pushed to the forefront.

Architectural Staff
Jake LaChapelle
Project Team

Gowanus by Design