Art + Artifact
In recent years, artists have invaded original industrial buildings and transformed them into studios or incubators to produce a variety of work from food, to sculpture, painting, to clothing, and performance. The creative population uses the barren industrial qualities as a supportive characteristic to their work. The Center for Craft and Production sits at the crux of this industrial rehabilitation with a single goal; to create a cultural core in Gowanus that fossilizes a meaningful making culture.
The Center for Craft and Production (C/C + P) is located in an existing industrial building on the corner of 9th street and 2nd Avenue. The building is located along the canal in the center of Gowanus. The structure is key to the proposal as it has developed an iconic presence within Brooklyn. This is primarily due to the towering central structure supporting a ninety foot tall the Kentile Floors sign. Its recent decommissioning has sparked controversy in the local neighborhoods who are in support of the canals industrial character.
The C/C+P is 260,000 sf. Proposal consisting of three making programs; Craft Workshops, Gastronomic Kitchens, and Performance Studios, and (future) Artist Residences. In addition, the proposal introduces a water taxi stop from the canal and an open-air market to the south facing the residential neighborhoods. Both locals and visitors will be able to engage these programs simultaneously in addition to the water, the identifying source of the district, from the neighboring canal. Designed as a central hub and access point for the upcoming water taxi system, this project will set an example for the future development of the Gowanus maker community.