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Neighborhoods Now: University Neighborhood Housing Program

Dattner Architects and MBB collaborated with University Neighborhood Housing Program to create plans to update and reopen their main office in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Neighborhoods Now: Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition

COOKFOX, Design Advocates, MNLA, Perkins & Will, Scalar Architecture, and Studio Libeskind collaborated with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC). Together, they designed a Civic Space Toolkit for community-based organizations to operate outdoors along with several short-term responses to the pandemic.

Neighborhoods Now: Community League of the Heights

Arup, Design Advocates, Gensler, Stantec, and Woods Bagot collaborated with CLOTH. Together, they proposed all-weather outdoor dining design, flexible outdoor retail displays, and a “kit-of-parts” for outdoor education, including for Word Up Community Bookshop’s programming. The working group has installed one of their outdoor dining prototypes, and is connecting with additional businesses in the neighborhood who could use pop-up spaces through flyering.

Neighborhoods Now: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

This team worked on interior reconfigurations for Restoration and are exploring ways to aid broader neighborhood recovery efforts.

Neighborhoods Now: Bed-Stuy Gateway BID

This working group helped launch the BID’s first-ever Winter Wonderland, activating Marcy Plaza as a small business marketplace.

Van Alen Council Trips

The Van Alen Council is a invitation-only community of leading systems-thinkers spanning the design professions.