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BIG unveils Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm vision

BIG and WXY Architects are co-leading the project.

January 03, 2020 |

Bjarke Ingels Group has recently unveiled its vision for improving Downtown Brooklyn by drawing on the District’s existing conditions, systems, land uses, and policies to create a new design vision for a greener, safer pedestrian and bicycle experience and unlock projects, initiatives, and pilots for a more vibrant public realm.

The design reanimates the Downtown Brooklyn Public realm into a playful environment focused on the pedestrian experience. Residents, workers, and visitors can enjoy gathering outdoors, practicing sports, and celebrating the diverse culture of the area. 



A new, distinct color palette and public furniture collections will complement the character of the neighborhood and improved walkability and pedestrian and cyclist safety will help Brooklynites enjoy the new, cohesive streetscape experience. Greenery will also be doubled and new art beacons will be installed.



The Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm Action Plan is the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s first comprehensive study of the District’s entire public realm. The project was created with support from MNLA and Sam Schwartz Engineering.






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