PROJECT PRINCIPAL Claire Weisz, FAIA Adam Lubinsky, ACP SITE DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Navy Yard PROGRAM Masterplan including real estate and economic policy, workforce training, placemaking, transportation, and marketing components ROLE Project manager for placemaking and transportation ideas, overall report production
The technology and creative sectors are among the fastest growing in the United States and New York City and in the past few years, there has been a shift where tech firms locate, from suburb to city. In order for New York City to capture the growth of these industries, the city must address issues in neighborhoods that attract tech firms.
In 2012, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Coalition, consisting of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and the DUMBO Improvement District, selected WXY as the lead consultant of a multi-disciplinary team to create a roadmap for facilitating the recent growth of the technology sector in the greater Downtown Brooklyn area. The plan requires an innovative approach to real estate and land use, in order to ensure an affordable supply of space for tech firms and start-ups; workforce development, in order for new firms are able to draw from the local labor force; infrastructure needs, to underpin the needs for strong public transit and utility connections; and placemaking, in order to create an attractive and dynamic environment for tech firms.