Urban Space Announces Design Competition

by Dekalb Market on March 1, 2011

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‘Not Just a Container’ challenges the design and business communities to transform shipping containers into creative and useful spaces for Brooklyn’s newest retail environment

Brooklyn, NY (March 9, 2011) — Urban Space presents ‘NOT JUST A CONTAINER’, a citywide competition for entrepreneurs to re-imagine empty shipping containers for use in a retail environment. The winning design will be built at Urban Space’s new Dekalb Market, a sustainable retail and community hub scheduled to open in Downtown Brooklyn in early summer.

Housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, Dekalb Market will include an incubator farm, a space for events and performances, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces. Urban Space aims to support the growth of Brooklyn’s best creative entrepreneurs by offering them an affordable retail alternative to a traditional storefront.

“By utilizing this unused piece of land we’re creating a central location in Brooklyn for commerce, music, art and design, as well as a functioning green space for people in the neighborhood to enjoy,” says Eldon Scott, President of Urban Space. “We are excited to utilize this competition to showcase the game-changing ideas that continue to emerge out of the borough of Brooklyn.”

 The winner of the ‘NOT JUST A CONTAINER’ competition will receive a six-month license of one of Dekalb Market’s shipping containers, as well as $3,000 for design and construction. Additional prizes include a free consultation from Green Depot, and one-year memberships to 3rd Ward and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

The winner will join Dekalb Market’s growing roster of notable vendors, including 3rd Ward, Joe’s Coffee, Cuzin’s Duzin, Robicelli’s, Dalaga, My Little India and Harriet’s Alter Ego. Additionally, Roberta’s will be operating a beer garden.

For details of the contest, visit www.dekalbmarket.com.

Dekalb Market is a joint venture of Urban Space and Young Woo & Associates in collaboration with City Point.

About Urban Space

Urban Space is a leading developer and manager of specialty retail projects in Great Britain (i.e. Camden Lock, Spitalfields and Chelsea Farmers Market) and in the United States (i.e. Madison Square Park, Columbus Circle and Union Square Holiday Markets in NYC). The company focuses on creating markets that best reflect the community and neighborhoods in which they exist, attract the most unique and exciting local artisans, and showcase the personalities and stories of their vendors.

About Youngwoo & Associates

Based in New York City, Youngwoo & Associates has over 30 years of experience developing commercial, industrial and residential real estate properties throughout the United States and abroad. The firm has earned a reputation as one of the city’s most innovative developers and has been the driving force behind a number of meaningful large-scale projects. Recent successes include the acquisition of the 66-story former AIG headquarters building at 70 Pine and 72 Wall Street , the designation as the developer of Pier 57 along the Hudson River, the redevelopment of 139 Centre Street in Chinatown, the development of Santa Maria de los Andes (a vineyard estate project in Mendoza, Argentina) and the completed construction of 200 Eleventh Avenue, a high-end residential building with a one-of-a-kind en suite parking concept known as the “Sky Garage“ in Manhattan.

About CityPoint

CityPoint is a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development of new construction, including retail and commercial space with a mixture of affordable and market rate housing. City Point is a transformative project with a critical mass of new retail, residential and commercial development supporting and complementing the already thriving academic, residential and commercial communities in Downtown Brooklyn.



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