At Van Alen, we believe that all aspects of our lives are shaped by our environment. Our work is inspired by two fundamental questions: How do cities impact our minds and bodies? And in turn, how do we impact the environment? Our goal is to develop a better understanding of these complex relationships through the lens of design. We’re devoted to creating new spaces for civic dialogue and developing innovative solutions to society’s many challenges, like the effects of climate change, issues of equity, the consequences of gentrification and vacancy, and the impact of infrastructure. Explore our 123-year history.
New York, NY 10010
As long-time advocates for the fundamental role of public space in cities, we are joining 12 New York City organizations to call Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attention to the importance of ensuring and expanding safe spaces for demonstration. Below is the letter that has been shared with the Mayor:
Every day in neighborhoods around the country, we see the impact of short-term fixes for long-term problems. The design professions must look further ahead, and work with other disciplines to envision a better and more sustainable future.
A Conversation with
Dr. Andrea Mechelli
“We wanted to tell stories about how important this housing has been to New York City by revisiting these projects and looking at them as real, living human communities.”