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2012 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2012

Prototypical Sponge Park at Gowanus Canal

Prototypical Sponge Park at Gowanus Canal Prototypical Sponge Park at Gowanus Canal Prototypical Sponge Park at Gowanus Canal



Second Street west of the Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn
A Project of the Department of Transportation,
the Department of Environmental Protection,
and the Department of Parks & Recreation
Dlandstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture

This Sponge Park consists of a lushly planted bioretention basin at the edge of the Gowanus Canal as well as three curbside bioswales further upland. Together, these elements absorb and filter stormwater runoff through phytoremediation and reduce the amount of overflow into the canal. The bioretention basin is partially decked with steel grating to provide public access to the water’s edge.

Design Team

Dlandstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Susannah C. Drake ASLA AIA, Principal; Yong Kim, Project Manager; Halina Steiner, Senior Landscape Designer; Lindsey Nelson, Designer; Nina Chase, Designer

Weidlinger Associates
James Quinn PE LEED AP, Principal; Peter Bakarich PE, Project Manager; Maria De Bonis, Civil Engineer; Colleen Kirk PE, Structural Engineer; Michael Oakland PhD PE, Geotechnical Engineer

Manhattan College
Dr. Kirk Barrett PE, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering;

Passaic River Institute, Montclair State University
Dr. Dibyendu Sarkar, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Studies and Director of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Management

F2 Environmental Design
Eric T. Fleisher, Soil Engineer

Center for Urban Pedagogy
Valeria Mogilevich, Deputy Director; Mark Torrey, Program Manager

Department of Transportation
Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner; Margaret Newman, Chief of Staff; Joseph Palmieri, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; Keith Bray, Deputy Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; Wendy Feuer, Assistant Commissioner Urban Design & Art; Neil Gagliardi, Director of Design Review & Design Commission Liaison; Nicholas Pettinati, Project Manager; Christopher Hrones, Downtown Brooklyn Transportation Coordinator; Lacy Shelby, Director of Green Infrastructure

Department of Environmental Protection
Carter Strickland, Commissioner; Angela Licata, Deputy Commissioner; John McLaughlin, Director, Office of Ecological Services; Kevin Clarke PE, Portfolio Manager; Stanley Joseph, Accountable Manager; Thasha Ramkissoon, Assistant Civil Engineer; Howard Freidman, Design Commission Liaison

Department of Parks & Recreation
Veronica M. White, Commissioner; Thérèse Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects; Kevin Jeffrey, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; Amie Uhrynowski, Design Commission Liaison; Bram Gunther, Chief of Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources; Jeremy Barrick, Deputy Chief of Forestry; Nette Compton, Director of Green Infrastructure; Thomas Ching, former Deputy Chief of Operations; Kean Eng, Senior Horticulture Manager; Jeff Martin, Landscape Architect; Mary Nunn, Landscape Architect