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Gowanus Triple Bypass: Art, Environment & Real Estate

Once an artery of commerce and industry, the Gowanus Canal and its surrounding area—an Environmental Protection Agency-designated Superfund site—has become emblematic of changing Brooklyn neighborhoods and forces that are impacting the experience of the borough: grassroots arts, environmental remediation, and real estate speculation. As part of our spring festival, Arteries: NYC in Circulation, participants joined us for a fast-paced discussion with experts playing pivotal roles in these three arenas as we gained a better understanding of how the shifting flows of creativity and capital are redefining this historic artery.

Moderator: Joseph Alexiou, author, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal

Participants: David Briggs, principal, Loci Architecture and executive director, Gowanus by Design; Jared Della Valle, CEO, Alloy Development; Philip Silva, sustainability expert; and Abby Subak, director, Arts Gowanus

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This event was designated for AIA CES (1.5 LU | HSW) and ASLA CES (1.5 LU | PDH/HSW) .

This event was part of Arteries: NYC in Circulation, Van Alen’s spring program festival from May 12-18 exploring: What defines a city’s lifeblood? We journeyed to the heart of the metropolis as we explored the myriad main streets and water mains, multicultural conduits and transportation corridors—both designed and off-the-cuff—that shape the urban experience and route our everyday lives. Across seven days of debates, explorations, and performances, we discovered a new understanding of our city as we traversed its arteries.