Van Alen Institute Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge Competition Proposal, Design Entry Images

Brooklyn Bluff Competition Entry

July 28 &27, 2020

Brooklyn Bridge Competition Entry

Brooklyn Bridge Design by Daniel Gillen, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Architecture competition entry “The Brooklyn Bluff” for the Van Alen Institute’s Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge Competition.

Design: Daniel Gillen

Brooklyn Bridge Competition Entry Design by Daniel Gillen

The ‘Brooklyn Bluff’ looks to natural landform features at water body edges for inspiration and creates an equitable destination for human connection.

Brooklyn Bridge Competition Entry Design by Daniel Gillen

The design enhances public connection to nature and fosters a new perspective on adaptive reuse and the history of New York City.

Brooklyn Bridge Competition Entry Design by Daniel Gillen

Conceptualized as a connective borough bridging social, economic, and ecologic divides.

Brooklyn Bridge Competition Entry Design by Daniel Gillen

‘Humanity is clearly needing more from our cities and public spaces.

Brooklyn Bridge Competition Entry Design by Daniel Gillen

An equitable system that prioritizes the needs of the many over the few.

Van Alen Institute Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge Competition design

Architecture has a responsibility to facilitate this action.

Daniel Gillen

Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge Competition

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks, and holds a special place in our collective imagination.

Van Alen Institute Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge Competition proposal

Since opening on May 24, 1883, the bridge in Brooklyn has taken on near-mythic significance in New York City.

Van Alen Institute Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge Competition entry

Its striking form has captured the imagination of some of the nation’s most prominent artists.

Van Alen Institute Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge Competition design entry

Its enduring iconographic power makes it one of the most photographed locations in New York.

Van Alen Institute Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge Competition proposal design

In popular culture, the bridge is a symbol for the city itself, used in countless establishing shots in films and television.

Brooklyn Bridge Contest design by Daniel Gillen

But that iconic status comes at a cost.

Brooklyn Bridge Contest design by Daniel Gillen

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, at peak hours the promenade was crammed, uncomfortable, and sometimes unsafe.

Brooklyn Bridge Contest design by Daniel Gillen

Thousands of pedestrians and cyclists crossed the bridge every day.

Brooklyn Bridge Contest design by Daniel Gillen

In response to these conditions, the New York City Council and Van Alen Institute launched Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, an international design competition that aims to spark a new public conversation about New York City’s infrastructure.

Brooklyn Bridge Contest design by Daniel Gillen

SIZE
450,000 sq. feet

YEAR COMPLETED
2020

TEAM
Daniel Gillen AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Lead Designer
Daniel Sesil P.E., C.E., S.E., Structural Engineer
Antonio Rodriguez P.E., Structural Engineer
Austin Devin P.E., Structural Engineer
Kaiyue Zhou LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Designer
Tian Ouyang Assoc AIA, Architectural Designer
Kais Al Rawi AIA, Facade Engineer
Todd Schechinger PLA, Landscape Designer

CONSULTANTS
Structural Engineer: LERA

Brooklyn Bluff: Reimagining Bridge Competition images / information from Daniel Gillen Design

Location: Brooklyn, New York City, USA

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