Public space is not only a place for democratic public amenity, gathering and socialization; it is a complex multi-layered organization of utility (filtering) elements to improve public and environmental health facilitated by public/private economic partnerships. The interference between amenity, utility, and public/private economic partnerships amplify the benefit of public space.
Filtering Newtown Creek: Envisioned as a self-sufficient public space, power will be provided via solar fabric canopies, maintenance funding will be generated through public-private partnerships to provide kayaking, entertainment space and academic space. The waterfront public space enables additional development near Greenpoint, recently up-zoned for residential development. The proposal encouraged NYC to create a partnership with BP to pump out the 700,000 barrels of oil floating on the Brooklyn aquifer, to capture economic value from high oil prices to fund the remediation of the area and provide for the public space amenities.