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Brooklyn sees boom in architecture and design jobs

Brooklyn has seen a sharp jump in the number of architecture and design jobs, according to new figures that show creative employment has almost doubled in the borough over four years.

A report by the Center for an Urban Future revealed that the number of jobs at architecture and design firms had grown by 86 per cent in Brooklyn between 2010 and 2014.

Published to coincide with the city's annual NYCxDesign festival this month, the figures show that New York City accumulated 5,000 jobs in the industries during this time period – a 23 per cent increase.

The survey covers architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, and other specialised design including fashion, costume and jewellery.

"Our new data brief highlights the growing importance of the design sector to New York City's economy, and details that a disproportionate share of the growth in the sector is now occurring in Brooklyn," said the writers in a synopsis of the report.

Although Manhattan remains New York's creative nexus, with 89 per cent of all the jobs, its growth statistics were below the city average at 19 per cent.

Across the East River, Brooklyn has seen considerably more growth but still only has under 2,000 jobs, against over 24,000 in Manhattan.

Brooklyn has long been home to creatives thanks to comparatively cheaper rents, but the research shows that more companies are now setting up there too.

The largest spike was in landscape architecture jobs, which have soared 376 per cent. Other high employment gains include graphic design (94 per cent), architecture (90 per cent) and industrial design (90 per cent).

The report, titled Brooklyn Design Boom, was written by Jonathan Bowles, researched by Kathleen Gorman and designed by Ahmad Dowla.

It was based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.

NYCxDesign runs from 3 to 17 May 2016. During last year's citywide festival, designers in New York spoke to Dezeen about the city's burgeoning lighting design scene. Lindsay Adelman also said that there is a "huge burst of creativity" in New York.

However, Second Home founder Rohan Silva told Dezeen last summer that creatives are being priced out of the city due to its sky-high rents, and are moving to Los Angeles instead.

"In New York, people are decamping to LA," he said. "That's where the artists and the creatives are going."

Main photograph by Thomas Hawk.