WXY’s Plan to Reconnect Brooklyn’s Public Spaces – Unveiled

Wxy's plan to reconnect brooklyn's public spaces - unveiled
Concept aerial rendering of the Brooklyn Strand / © WXY architecture + urban design

A plan to reconnect nearly 50 acres of public space between Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge, created by the visionary firm WXY, has been unveiled by a coalition of community groups.

Wxy's plan to reconnect brooklyn's public spaces - unveiled
Korean War Veterans Plaza and Cadman Plaza East / © WXY architecture + urban design

Led by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership with Claire Weisz, FAIA of the design firm WXY architecture + urban design, the sweeping new plan known as The Brooklyn Strand will completely reinvent the area and transform the quality of public space, better connecting people and creating an appealing, accessible waterfront.

Wxy's plan to reconnect brooklyn's public spaces - unveiled
Cadman Plaza Park / © WXY architecture + design

As a response to New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s calls to rethink the area, the process included 50 site walkthroughs, scores of meetings, and various public workshops. In leading the effort, WXY coordinated the efforts of some 250 community stakeholders, including residents, community groups, business leaders, and numerous municipal officials and agencies.

Wxy's plan to reconnect brooklyn's public spaces - unveiled
Anchorage Plaza / © WXY architecture + design

WXY also contributed proposed designs for individual Brooklyn Strand projects (images), each a response to collected input from stakeholders involved in the process.

Wxy's plan to reconnect brooklyn's public spaces - unveiled
Navy and Tillary Streets / © WXY architecture + design

“By design the Brooklyn Strand plan is an opportunity to adapt 1950s-era infrastructure into a new vision for true connectivity and accessibility between downtown Brooklyn, its neighborhoods and the waterfront,” says Claire Weisz, FAIA, architect and urbanist who co-founded WXY architecture + urban design. “The Brooklyn Strand plan transforms leftover spaces from expressway plans that cut off neighborhoods, turning them into into public spaces that connect people.”

Aline Chahine
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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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