Last week we celebrated our first year of being online, which also means it’s been one year since we shared one of our very first features, a multi-part video and audio piece that chronicled the Reinventing Grand Army Plaza design competition organized by the Design Trust for Public Space and the Grand Army Plaza Coalition. The feature included audio interviews with six of the competition jurors, a video that explored the site, some competition entries and public reactions to them in the context of the exhibition that took place in the Plaza in the fall of 2008. And now, the Design Trust has made available a beautiful book about the competition. We recommend anyone who digs Grand Army Plaza, who loves Brooklyn, who obsesses over design competitions or who generally hearts public space should head straight over to the Design Trust’s site to order a hard copy or download the pdf for free.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
In the fall of 2008, the Design Trust and the Grand Army Plaza Coalition mounted a free, large-scale exhibition in the center of Grand Army Plaza that showed 30 visionary plans for the reinvention of this magnificent civic space. This unprecedented exhibit laid the groundwork for a Plaza that will be more beautiful, support a range of public events, and provide safer and easier access for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists alike.
The resulting publication, Reinventing Grand Army Plaza: Visionary Designs for the Heart of Brooklyn, not only showcases these 30 design schemes, but also provides a historical, physical and cultural context for the Plaza, and recommends steps the community can take to achieve the goal of a new master plan and a comprehensive renovation.
As with all Design Trust publications, it’s a thing of beauty, in addition to being a wonderful resource for public space partisans everywhere. If you missed our coverage of the project a year ago, visit the original post or watch our video below: