Grand Army Plaza is New York City’s greatest unrealized asset. Home to powerful architecture, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch, the elegant Bailey Fountain, the entrance to Frederick Law Olmsted?s greatest park, and a major transit hub, the sum of these parts is today emphatically less than the whole. Currently an underdeveloped public amenity, the redesign of Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza will invigorate surrounding communities, just as the re-conception of Manhattan’s High Line set off an explosion of activity in West Chelsea.
To catalyze Grand Army Plaza’s rebirth, the Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with the Grand Army Plaza Coalition, is launching an international ideas competition, “Reinventing Grand Army Plaza,” to generate new visions for every aspect of the plaza’s design.
Top submissions will be exhibited at either the Brooklyn Public Library or Brooklyn Museum of Art in the summer of 2008. Submissions will also inform the program for a new schematic plan for the Plaza, to be created in late 2008 in partnership with the New York City Departments of Parks and Recreation and Transportation.