Two of SCAPE’s projects, Town Branch Commons and The Gowanus Lowlands, were featured in a recent article in The Architect’s Newspaper which highlighted six design proposals across the country that aim to restore ecosystems.
Both of the SCAPE projects target ecosystem restoration while also creating rich, cultural spaces for local communities. Since winning the Town Branch competition to revitalize downtown Lexington, Kentucky in 2013, SCAPE has secured $23.1 million for the first phase of design and construction of Town Branch Commons. The project will weave a linear network of public space along the 2.5 mile path of the historic Town Branch creek in downtown Lexington which has historically been extremely polluted.
The other featured project, Gowanus Lowlands, addresses decades of pollution and abandonment of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York. In partnership with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, SCAPE has created a blueprint that will restore cultural and ecological robustness while reflecting the constant change and transformation in the neighborhoods bordering the canal.
Read about both SCAPE projects and the other four featured projects here.