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BP Markowitz, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Unveil Designs Of Re-Imagined Open Space From Borough Hall To Brooklyn Bridge Park

Four colleges present best-use ideas for Downtown Brooklyn Commons, 21 acres of public space


Design teams from City College, NYC College of Technology, Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the Pratt Institute unveiled models, animated fly-overs and innovative plans depicting re-imagined parkland and open space from Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park—collectively known as “Downtown Brooklyn Commons.” The visioning project was co-sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, culminating in an exhibition of the work at Borough Hall today.

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“Polytechnic Institute of New York University applauds Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership for enlisting the next generation of technical minds to make this vibrant urban center a place in which they will want to live, work and create new businesses,” said NYU-Poly President Jerry M. Hultin. “Urban systems comprise one of NYU-Poly’s three focus areas of education, and the work of Carl Skelton and the students of our Brooklyn Experimental Media Center present us with a revolutionary means to envision the future of cities. Their Betaville 3D software provides a platform to massively increase citizen participation in public architecture, art and open spaces like the Downtown Brooklyn Commons. It is a great example of creative technology enabling wider creativity for civic good.”

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