Total Urban Climate Part I

I'm curious about the urban evolution of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here you have a complete industrial sanctuary, where entropy has begun to sneak up on the warehouses and mechanic shops, where cricket chirping almost feels like a foreign, electronic sound bursting from some speaker system, where college educated hipsters co-exist with Puerto Ricans, the true heart of the neighborhood, where fashion trends intermingle with blue collar overalls.

Change is happening in the hood on a daily basis. The city is calling for immense change in Williamsbug and other Brooklyn neighborhoods, including new condos so out of scale and energy, that they seem like alien spaceships landing on a peaceful derelict undustrial waterfront. What is the price of change? Why is no research being done on a true evolutionary process of BROOKLYN, not Manhatten?

To understand a pattern for the inevitable development of Williamsburg, designers and architects need to understand and study the intense figure ground relationships that exist throught the neighborhood. There are a number of very small scale infill lots, brown fields, decaying industrial buildings. But, what matter most is that the scale and process of real estate speculation, Neighborhoods must put out criteria, size, scale, and quantity relationships for a successful evolution to take place. Designer must wonder aloud for a continuation of a brilliant mix of culture and use, taking it further along the evolutionary track without completely changing the very nature of its existence.

The city moves, it is not stagnant.