Date of Award

Spring 5-29-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Design (MDes) in Interior Studies / Adaptive Reuse


Interior Architecture

First Advisor

Eduardo Duarte

Second Advisor

Heinrich Hermann

Third Advisor

Jeffrey Katz


The Brooklyn Navy Yard is an important industrial historic site in New York City. It was established in the 1810s as a private shipyard and became a military property in the late nineteenth century. It provided significant production capacity for the Pacific battlefield during World War II. After the war, the entire campus closed in the 1960s as military orders declined and transportation changed. The Brooklyn Navy Yard was later sold to New York City and repurposed.

After the city government took over the park, unlike other industrial sites that were developed as real estate, manufacturing is still the main goal of the development of the region, to provide more adequate employment and the memory of the national industrial heritage. This presents a trend contrary to the evolution of ordinary urban industries. In the heart of Brooklyn, the survival of the manufacturing industry stands here like a living monument, remembering the history of the industrial age. Continuing the industrial production function of industrial space is a relatively rare type compared to other types of adaptive reuse (such as transformation into workplace, commercial, residential). It faces many challenges in terms of economic sustainability and protection of the surrounding environment. This paper will focus on this often-overlooked subdivision and explore a discussion. In a society dominated by capital, spaces such as factories and shipyards were only used to create economic value at the beginning of their birth. After they lose their ability to create economic value, how should the collective memory of the citizens they carry continue to exist? The article will use Brooklyn Navy Yard as a sample to explore the possibility of coexistence of monumental space and industrial production, and to explore the reasonable future of current urban manufacturing. The research process also pays attention to the impact of sea level rise caused by climate change on waterfront and heritage preservation. In the end, to create a system in which the industry and the environment promote each other.



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