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Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™

Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™ DESIGN APPROACHES TO ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION Susannah C. Drake and Yong Kim Editor’s Note: The SpongePark design marries stormwater engineering, urban design, and urban habitat concepts. This design has received much attention from the design and public works communities, winning national awards includ- ing the American Institute of Architects 2011 National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, and the American Society of Landscape Architects 2010 Honor Award for Analysis and Planning. The design includes ecological restoration components, and we asked its progenitors to introduce the ideas to the ER community. he Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™, space and environmental education will expand to include cisterns and Tlocated in Brooklyn, NY, USA, is opportunities to underserved neigh- constructed marshlands that help to a multifunctional public open space borhoods. The master plan of the restore hydrologic balance and ecologi- system that slows, absorbs, and filters 128-ha (316 ac), 70 street block site cal productivity to the site. This design surface water runoff with the goals includes a series of street-end biore- is part of a larger system that commu- of remediating contaminated water, tention basins and curbside bioswales nicates a broad vision for stewardship reducing stormwater runoff volumes, (Figure 1). The 1st http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Restoration University of Wisconsin Press

Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™

Ecological Restoration , Volume 29 (4) – Nov 5, 2011

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Abstract

DESIGN APPROACHES TO ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION Susannah C. Drake and Yong Kim Editor’s Note: The SpongePark design marries stormwater engineering, urban design, and urban habitat concepts. This design has received much attention from the design and public works communities, winning national awards includ- ing the American Institute of Architects 2011 National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, and the American Society of Landscape Architects 2010 Honor Award for Analysis and Planning. The design includes ecological restoration components, and we asked its progenitors to introduce the ideas to the ER community. he Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™, space and environmental education will expand to include cisterns and Tlocated in Brooklyn, NY, USA, is opportunities to underserved neigh- constructed marshlands that help to a multifunctional public open space borhoods. The master plan of the restore hydrologic balance and ecologi- system that slows, absorbs, and filters 128-ha (316 ac), 70 street block site cal productivity to the site. This design surface water runoff with the goals includes a series of street-end biore- is part of a larger system that commu- of remediating contaminated water, tention basins and curbside bioswales nicates a broad vision for stewardship reducing stormwater runoff volumes, (Figure 1). The 1st

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Ecological RestorationUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Nov 5, 2011

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