Site aerial for the Brooklyn Bridge Park (2010-) by MVVA in Brooklyn, New York.
Rendered site plan for the Brooklyn Bridge Park (2010-) by MVVA in Brooklyn, New York.
Rendered section of the Brooklyn Bridge Park (2010-) by MVVA in Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s design took on a site with limited access points, a narrow overall width, extreme noise pollution from the adjacent elevated highway, a complex structural waterline condition, and a goal of capturing and recycling stormwater. Excess stormwater is collected from buildings, paved areas, lawns, and planting areas, conveyed into underground tanks, and then cycled through rain gardens, supporting and being cleansed by a lush swath of rain-garden planting. This runoff collection system, in conjunction with the increased use of water-absorbing lawn and planted areas, dramatically curtails the discharge of stormwater runoff into city systems and lowers the likelihood of combined sewer overflow.

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