Join us for the Neighborhoods Now Summer Summit to celebrate the work of this year long initiative and discuss how collaborative design can improve New York City’s public realm post-pandemic.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we teamed up with the Van Alen Institute to launch Neighborhoods Now, an initiative connecting NYC neighborhoods hit hard by the pandemic with coalitions of architects, engineers, lawyers, planners, and community health experts. Together, they co-created safe and effective reopening strategies for the short- and long-term.

Presenters from the Chinatown, South Bronx, and Lower East Side working groups will share their achievements, reflections on interdisciplinary practice, and plans to carry their work forward. Then, Yin Kong (Think!Chinatown), Carol Rosenthal (Fried Frank), Fauzia Khanani (Studio Fōr), Sreoshy Banerjea (NYCEDC), and Carlos Naudon (Ponce Bank) will join to discuss: how can community organizations, city agencies, funders, and design professionals best collaborate to help communities recover from the pandemic and thrive going forward?

Chinatown, Manhattan: Leroy Street Studio, di Domenico + Partners, Fried Frank, and Buro Happold collaborated with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) and Think!Chinatown.

Lower East Side, Manhattan: DLR Group, FCA, SHoP Architects, Marvel, and Buro Happold collaborated with Fourth Arts Block.

South Bronx, Bronx: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, The Greenest Fern, and BD Feliz collaborated with Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association.

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