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Explore the BASF project for Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

Co-creating solutions for urban neighborhoods in coastal cities

Rekindled Hopes for Red Hook

The Red Hook Innovation District is a $400 million project that would renovate 12 acres in the heart of Red Hook into multi-use structures that would preserve the neighborhood's traditional red-brick industrial look while adding public plazas and park space.
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Establish a Network of Green Corridors ›

Green corridors are an opportunity to transform and reinvigorate neighborhoods like Red Hook by enhancing circulation, absorbing or channeling runoff from rainstorms, and enabling the growth of vegetation.
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Create a Coastal Park ›

The goal of the Red Hook Coastal Park would be to provide a softer edge that offers views and recreation as well as protection.
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Inspire With a Model Block ›

The design and implementation of a model block could encapsulate shared goals for living in a sustainable, equitable, and resilient community and serve as a template for development in Red Hook and beyond.
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The Purpose

BASF organized Creator Space™ New York City in 2015, with a focus on finding solutions that would improve the quality of life in the New York neighborhood of Red Hook as a case study relevant to coastal cities globally. The event pulled together a wide variety of stakeholders with extraordinary passions for this cause—Red Hook residents, local businesses, artists, scientists, engineers, and more—and engaged them in a multi-day co-creative exercise. It enabled collaborations with experts on urban living and city planning. The goal of those rich discussions was not merely to brainstorm but to develop a plan for implementing the best of the ideas.
What emerged from these deliberations was an understanding that the quality of urban life ultimately depends on successful engagement with three broad challenges:

HABITAT ›

Development of buildings, spaces, and infrastructures that support a desirable way of life.

CITIZENSHIP ›

Fostering spirits of community involvement, activism, and capability that go beyond simple consumerism.

RESILIENCE ›

The capacity to survive and efficiently recover from disruptive, potentially catastrophic events

Correct!

The top four cities in the world at risk for the greatest overall cost of flood damage are:

  1. Guangzhou, China
  2. Miami, United States
  3. New York, United States
  4. New Orleans, United States

The top four cities alone account for 43% of the forecast total globabl losses.

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Incorrect. Miami is the top city in the United States.

The top four cities in the world at risk for the greatest overall cost of flood damage are:

  1. Guangzhou, China
  2. Miami, United States
  3. New York, United States
  4. New Orleans, United States

The top four cities alone account for 43% of the forecast total globabl losses.

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Red Hook Across the Centuries

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BROOKLYN ›

By 1684 all Native Americans were “sold” to European settlers.

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RED HOOK ›

Red Hook is settled by Dutch immigrants, who created tidal mill ponds in low lying areas.

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British occupation of NY metro area

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1840s

RED HOOK ›

Entrepreneurs build ports along the coast.

1865

BASF ›

The founding of BASF.

1873

BASF ›

BASF opens first sales office in North America.

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1950s

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Mass urbanization of the East River Shore.

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BASF ›

First use of Haber-Bosch process on industrial scale to produce synthetic ammonia.

1920s

RED HOOK ›

Red Hook is the busiest freight port in the world.

1930s

RED HOOK ›

During the Great Depression, shantytowns, known as “Hoovervilles,” are set up in the Red Hook neighborhood due to the large number of unemployed.

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1964

BROOKLYN ›

Brooklyn Queens Expressway is planned and completed at a cost of $137 million.

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1968

BROOKLYN ›

Robert Moses completes 13 expressways in New York City and Brooklyn.

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2012

BASF ›

BASF opens new LEED double platinum HQ in Florham Park, NJ.

DID YOU KNOW?

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency proposed new, expanded 100-year flood zones in 2014, the number of New York City buildings falling within them jumped from about 24,000 (by a 2010 estimate) to more than 84,000. The assessed value of properties in the zones increased from $58.6 billion to $129.1 billion.

Ideas for Reshaping Red Hook

These ideas represent an approach to solving problems of resiliency and sustainability that coastal cities around the world can adapt to their own needs.

Establish a Network of Green Corridors ›

Green corridors are an opportunity to transform and reinvigorate neighborhoods like Red Hook by enhancing circulation, absorbing or channeling runoff from rainstorms, and enabling the growth of vegetation.
Read More

Create a Coastal Park ›

The goal of the Red Hook Coastal Park would be to provide a softer edge that offers views and recreation as well as protection.
Read More

Inspire With a Model Block ›

The design and implementation of a model block could encapsulate shared goals for living in a sustainable, equitable, and resilient community and serve as a template for development in Red Hook and beyond.
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