Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY: “…in some flux,…yet increasingly vibrant.” The world in which we live is in a state of flux, and this change happens both rapidly and incessantly. Climate change, technological change, economic change, social change, and familial change have been prevalent not only in contemporary 21st century life, but also in the history of post-industrial urban settings. A progressively gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, Red Hook evokes many present-day issues of rebuilding for the future in the wake of an industrial past.
RED HOOK: recommence is a project that engages the post-industrial Red Hook site as a center for social and programmatic mixing. The mixed-use nature of the program provides opportunity for people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to converge upon one site. Architecture is the medium for cultural mixing; the urban setting, the enabler. The architectural relationship between the disparate programs on site is established in such a way that maximizes the commingling of a diverse population. Foregoing a traditional approach to apartment block vernacular, the three housing blocks on the site are treated instead as a permeable medium for the continuance of public program from below.
Dynamic and ever-changing, the Red Hook site commands a forward thinking approach to design and construction. In a post industrial setting such as this one, social rejuvenation follows architectural innovation. Material adaptation is the language used. Wood is often thought to be appropriate for small scale constructions, more commonly outside the urban setting. In looking toward the future of Red Hook, adaptations of wood construction methods will evoke reinvigoration; a neighborhood recommencement.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, US
Additional Credits: with Whitney Van Houten