The stories of Red Hook are always vibrant and alluring. It underwent extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which brought the story to the new ecological climax in terms of its lack of resiliency.

By valuring its waterfront industrial area, seeking continued economic development opportunities, and responding to the increasing threats from climate change, this project proposed to achieve three goals: resilience, reconnection, and revival for the community.

  • To project the vulnerable community from future potential flooding and enhance the resilience of the waterfront marine nature.
  • To reconnect the past and present, binding the stories of the Red Hook along the waterfront.
  • To revive the economy as a popular and unique social destination.
Shanni Jin, MLA ’22


LA 7005 NYC Summer Design Studio

Jennifer Birkeland, Faculty Advisor


Summer 2020

Red Hook Waterfront

Visioning diagram for the Red Hook waterfront area in Brooklyn, New York.

Stormwater Management Plan

This diagram depicts a system of water flows and green infrastructure amenities to improve stormwater management along Red Hook.

Sea Level Rise Projections

Sea level rise (SLR) projects for the Red Hook Grain Terminal parcel, with 2050s, 2080s, and 2100s projections.

Coexisting with Water

The design comprises a series of green infrastructure and programming to revitalize the Grain Terminal site.

Grain Terminal Site Section

The site includes a proposal for extending the BQX subway line into the former terminal building. A series of buffer islands and mounds are proposed along the shoreline to improve resiliency against storm surge.

Planting + Water Harvesting Tank Section

A series of water harvesting tanks enable water features along the site for recreational and leisure programming.