Maker Park

PrizeWinner in Landscape Architecture / Urban Design
Firm LocationNew York, United States
CompanyStudio V Architecture
Lead ArchitectJay Valgora
Design TeamARCHITECT AND PLANNER: STUDIO V Architecture Jay Valgora AIA, AICP, LEED AP – Principal Daniel Tappe – Designer Matt Horvath – Designer Liwei Wang – Designer CO-FOUNDERS: Maker Park Stacey Anderson – Founder Zac Waldman – Founder Karen Zabarsky – Founder LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Ken Smith Workshop Ken Smith ENVIRONEMTAL ATTORNEY: Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C. Michael Bogin ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST: Capital Environmental Consultants Greg Fleischer ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION SPECIALITST: Tenen Environmental Matthew Carroll STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Thornton Tomasetti Eli Gottleib CIVIL ENGINEER: ARUP Sherazad Mehta, PE, ENV SP ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER: VHB Brian Murty GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Katie Schwab Reggie Thomas GRAPHIC IDENTITY: Pentagram Luke Hayman Simon Blockley LIGHTING DESIGNER: Tillotson Lighting Associates Suzan Tillotson Scott Baillie-Hinojosa ECONOMIC ANALYST: BJH Advisors Kei Hayashi PUBLIC RELATIONS: Nadine Johnson Nadine Johnson Gia Kuan SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY: Creative Soldier Joshua Abehsera ARTIST COLLABORATOR:James Andrew Scott MODEL MAKER: Kennedy Fabrications Jamie Scott PHOTOGRAPHY: Brett Beyer and Bill Anderson

Maker Park resists the disappearance of Brooklyn’s history and industrial waterfront-- and reimagines what a 21st century public park should be. A community fought for ten years for a park promised in a major re-zoning, finally acquiring all the land this year. Williamsburg, Brooklyn changed from an industrial waterfront to one of the country’s most creative communities: home to tech startups, innovative restaurants, craftsmen and artists, and a dynamic residential neighborhood. History, waterfront architecture and industrial artifacts are being wiped away by generic new buildings and the growing community needed more open space. A collaborative pro-bono team including Architects, Landscape Architects, Scientists, Environmental Attorneys, Financial Analysts, Remediation Specialists, Lighting Designers, and Graphic Designers has created a new kind of design for a waterfront park that maintains authenticity and expresses the history that made this neighborhood great, pays homage to the working culture of the waterfront, and reflect the creative ethos of contemporary Brooklyn. The team is working with community groups and city agencies to help make the vision a reality, paying homage to the area’s long legacy of manufacturing, and preserving the neighborhood’s culture of collaboration and making that is so central to its 21st century character.