Posted by Anthony Deen

Gowanus by Design’s second, annual competition exhibition, Water_Works, opened much like last year's exhibit, to a standing room audience. With competition contributors coming from 20 countries around the world and as far away as China and Croatia, we were grateful to all who not only submitted but those who braved the travel from their home countries to attend the opening. The exhibition was hosted by The Old American Can Factory in their Gowanus Institute space, which made for a perfect locale only one block from the canal.

During the opening, we were also fortunate to have a visit and talk from City Council Member Brad Lander, and representatives from Council Member Stephen Levin's office stopped by. Both of them share Gowanus by Design's vision of taking progressive ideas like those developed in the competition to the City government as a way of better framing the parameters by which our community is zoned and developed.

Special thanks to Soho Reprographics and Whole Food for providing material support to the exhibition. Thanks also to the hard working Gowanus by Design team - Brian, Paul, Eric, Ashley, Eymund, Mike and Amy!


Dave speaks with jury member David J. Lewis of LTL Architects.

Serious conversation? Neighborhood politics? Not!

The EPA's Brian and Christos in the house.

The Conservancy's Hans in the house.

Brad Lander speaks about finding the middle ground in development.

Now the important part - Dave and Anthony hand out checks!
Amanda Gann - first place in Architectural Design

Brian and Paul do the honors for Amanda's project

Alex and Audrey Worden, first place in Urban Ecology

This is called hobnobbing with the local pols - Dave, Brad and Anthony

Finalists and Winners:

Category: Urban Ecology
1st Place:
 Studio TJOA: Audrey Worden, Alex Worden; 
Brooklyn, New York 

Honorable Mention: 
Pilot Projects: Scott Francisco, James Wilson, Drew Powers;
 New York, New York 

Modular Floodplain and Community Center

Honorable Mention: 
Urban Playground: Bhujon Kang, Andre Bighorse;
 Phoenix, Arizona 
Watering Mound

Category: Architectural Design
1st Place:
 Amanda Gann (student);
 Knoxville, Tennessee 

HARVEST (IN) Gowanus

Honorable Mention:
 Andrea Deberry and Michele Niaki (students); 
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois 

Honorable Mention: 
CBE: Shu Kuei Hsu (student);
 Seattle, Washington 

Category: Community Programming
1st Place:
 Josip Zaninović, Krešimir Renić, Ana Ranogajec, Tamara Marić, Branko Palić; 
Zagreb, Croatia 
Flood Courts Gowanus

Honorable Mention:
 Morcillo + Pallares arquitectos: Ana Morcillo Pallares and Jonathan Rule; 
Murcia, Spain 

Honorable Mention:
 Joseph Barrick (student);
 Washington, DC 
Water_Works Gowanus Canal Community Center

All the entries can be seen by clicking here