School of Architecture, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

Students: Samuel Brodersen, Timna Churges Golan, Luis Diaz, Anvitha Reddy Gandu, Eileen Huggard, Elizabeth Horen, Alex Jackson, Pallavi Shrikant Kanthe, Andrea Lustig, Josephina Matteson, Travis Matts, Kelli Peterman, Delaney Taylor, Jacqueline Ting, Joe Urso
Ward Dennis, Sadra Shahab, John Shapiro

The studio aimed to uncover and connect the past and present stories of Wallabout, highlight community characteristics that make it exceptional, uplift narratives that call attention to the injustices that have shaped the area, and envision a more economically just future. The report provides a new perspective on Wallabout’s history and existing conditions, presents a path forward to correcting divides within the community, and ends with a set of recommendations for the Partnership.


The resulting plan was inspired by the Circular Economy concept—seeking to break down physical, social, and economic barriers to foster a healthy, sustainable community. Considering the industrial heritage of Wallabout,and the future of the community, an expanded industrial historic district is proposed to encompass sites of community history and historic workforce relevance.


Wallabout’s history started prior to the establishment of Dutch settlements in Brooklyn.


BQE Under Construction in Wallabout, 1959. Photo credit:


The studio proposes the creation of an urban farming network in open spaces at the Ingersoll and Walt Whitman NYCHA campus, enhancing food security and providing economic development opportunity.


One proposal for the streetscape below the BQE includes the construction of green infrastructure, including wetlands, to mitigate the environmental impacts of the highway.


To connect studio proposals and key sites, the proposed Richard Wright way recalls the African American heritage of the neighborhood and its public spaces and facilities.


Link to student documentation