When Jane Jacobs famously said, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody,” she might as well have been foreshadowing the successful partnership formed between SHoP Architects, James Corner Field Operations, and Two Trees Management. The team, who collaborated on the 11-acre Domino Park master plan in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has been hailed for creating a benchmark standard in perfecting the process for designing and understanding what it means to maintain a park that actively participates in a two-way dialogue with the community. Dating back to 1856, the Domino Sugar Refinery, for which the site is named, was the largest refinery in the world, producing 98% of the sugar that was consumed in the United States. When the business shuttered in 2004, it signified the end of the last major active industrial operation on the East River waterfront. However, the pause of activity was quite brief, as Two Trees Management purchased the site to restore the lifeblood of urban activity to the river by reconnecting it with the community. Today, the site pays homage to the industrial history of Williamsburg, while also modernizing it into the present day. With monolithic housing developments- more than 700 units of which are affordable, the Refinery building which is being transformed into an office complex, and the delivery of 5-acres of public space at Domino Park, the area has been completely revitalized and is now an iconic spectacle of Brooklyn.
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