To launch Neighborhoods Now, the Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute connected with members of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, a coalition of community organizations across New York City. Each organization identified priorities specific to their neighborhoods’ concerns and businesses, and collaborated in working groups with design firms and professionals across other disciplines to co-create solutions.
This website features individual tools, resources, and strategies created by these working groups. Detailed PDF reports from each group provide full context for each resource and greater insight into this collaborative, community-led process.
Neighborhood: Jackson Heights, Queens
Coordinating firm: SO-IL and LTL
Supporting firms: ARO; Design Advocates (Frederick Tang Architecture, Kalos Eidos, Office of Tangible Space, Some People Studio, Studio Fōr, Worrell/Yeung); MOS; nARCHITECTS; VHB
Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Coordinating firm: Moody Nolan
Supporting firms: Design Advocates (Büro Koray Duman, Bureau V, Lea Architecture, Only If Architecture, Studio Cadena, WIP Studio, Thackway McCord); Grimshaw; Jaklitsch/Gardner; W Architecture
Neighborhood: Washington Heights, Manhattan
Coordinating firm: Arup
Supporting firms: Design Advocates (Barker Associates Architecture Office, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, Office of Architecture, Overlay Office, Parc Office, Smith & Sauer); Gensler; School of Jellyfish; Stantec; Woods Bagot
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Neighborhood: Kingsbridge, Bronx
Coordinating firm: COOKFOX
Supporting firms: Design Advocates (Space 4 Architecture, Architensions, Brandt : Haferd, Future Expansion Architects, Michael K. Chen Architecture, New Affiliates); MNLA; Perkins & Will; Scalar Architecture; Studio Libeskind
All working groups also received legal resources from Fried Frank and graphic design work by Partner & Partners, Pentagram, and Two Twelve. Kramer Levin, NDC, Sam Schwartz, Silman, and Thornton Tomasetti provided additional support.