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Paradigm in Pano: Brooklyn Bridge Park

In a current project we’re looking at how the conversation on public space in New York City has evolved in the last 20-25 years. One of the most interesting comments unearthed by our interviews was that there has been a shift in the kind of spaces we are making or (re) making in that time, from the loss-based approach of public space efforts in the 1980s and early 90s, like the Central Park Conservancy’s early restoration-based work–to a more contemporary, future-oriented aesthetic and approach in some of the flagship public spaces being built today.

While in town last week I visited Brooklyn Bridge Park and took a panorama that expresses these two moments coming together in quite a dramatic way. From dark to light, high to low, right to left, I was struck by the contrasts and a paradigm shift laid out almost didactically clearly. How does a paradigm shift so dramatically? And what remains the same? This is part of what’s so great about cities–the overlapping histories that show up and bump against each other in space.