At last month’s BHA annual meeting, architect Michael Van Valkenburgh took attendees on a “virtual” tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The BHA’s snazzy new website has the full tour posted now.
The BHA.org: Michael Van Valkenburgh is a principal of the design firm bearing his name, which has been involved in designing Brooklyn Bridge Park for 12 years. Valkenburgh was the featured speaker at the Brooklyn Heights Association’s Annual Meeting on Feb. 23, 2010. In his presentation, Van Valkenburgh describes the design of a park as “the most extraordinary manifestation of a group of people collectively trying to shape the world they live in.” He then establishes the context for Brooklyn Bridge Park, reviewing how “incredibly dynamic and transitory the water edge of Brooklyn has been for hundreds of years.”