Recommended Texts

Crowe, Norman, and Paul Laseau. Visual Notes for Architects and Designers. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2012. Print. (Reserve NA2750 .C76 2012)


“Prologue.” Gowanus : Brooklyn’s curious canal (Joseph Alexiou) HANDOUT

“The Uses of City Neighborhoods.” The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Jane Jacobs) HANDOUT 

As Hundreds of Toxic Sites Await Cleanup, Questions over Superfund Program’s Future (Michael D. Regan) PBS Newshour

MAP: Who Owns All the Property Along the Gowanus Canal (Leslie Albrecht)

Building of the Day: 543 Union Street, a 19th Century Box Factory in Gowanus (Suzanne Spellen) Brownstoner

Rezoning Gowanus Now a Consideration on de Blasio’s Housing Agenda (Sally Goldenberg) Politico

In Brooklyn, Worrying About Not Only Flooding but also What’s in the Water (Elizabeth A. Harris) New York Times

The Batcave, a Graffiti Landmark in Brooklyn, Grows Up (Matt A.V. Chaban) New York Times

Inside the Gowanus Batcave with Abandoned NYC (Will Ellis) Photoessay, Untapped Cities

How the Coastline Became a Place to Put the Poor (Jonathan Mahler) New York Times


Natalie Loney,  Cleaning Up a Local Superfund Site TEDxGowanus Video

Surveying the Destruction Caused by Hurricane Sandy, New York Times

Audio Interference: Radio Free Gowanus

Lopate WNYC Podcast with Alexiou

Bowery Boys Gowanus Podcast

Modern Art Notes Podcast with Abby Subak

Primary Sources

Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study Annotated Study Areas Map NYC Department of City Planning

Bridging Gowanus Study, Executive Summary NYC Department of City Planning

Archaeological Survey Nevins Street (Butler Street to President Street) 1977, Department of Water Resources, City of New York

Reconsidering Gowanus: Opportunities for the Sustainable Transformation of an Industrial Neighborhood, Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute (Baruch College)

Web Resources

Annotated Bibliography, City Tech Library

APA Style Guide, Purdue OWL

Architectural Technology Subject Guide, City Tech Library

Evaluating Sources, City Tech Library

Historic Maps as Historian’s Evidence, Newberry Library

Making Sense of Maps, George Mason University and the American Social History Project

Primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, Virginia Tech University Libraries

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing, Purdue OWL

What are archives and how do they differ from libraries? Society of American Archivists

Why and How to Avoid Plagiarism, City Tech Library

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