The Gowanus Lowlands

Brooklyn, NY
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Ecological Design
  • Park
  • Urban Design
  • Waterfront / Resiliency

SCAPE worked with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to develop The Gowanus Lowlands, a framework plan for a network of parks and open spaces that define the Gowanus Canal and its watershed community. The design process was inspired by the historic lowlands image superimposed on today’s street grid – reflecting the Gowanus as a place of constant change and transformation. The Project synthesizes multiple conditions that are changing the neighborhood, including sea level rise, the superfund cleanup and planning studies. The Gowanus Lowlands is a template for change that values and protects the weird and powerful experiences of the Gowanus Canal, while improving neighborhood and ecological health over time.

The framework plan was completed in June 2017; the draft master plan was released in December 2019 (accessible here).


  • The Gowanus Canal Conservancy