AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT THAT CREATE JOB TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES
ACADEMIC PROJECT GSAPP URBAN DESIGN PROJECT
2014/05-2014/09 SUMMER SEMESTER East New York, Brooklyn, New York City,USA ADVISOR: Tricia A. Martin WITH: SUSANNA, KWON, QIAN QI
Looking at the data, the first thing that appears is the big amount of missed opportunities that East New York can offer, starting from the IBZ zone, with a manufacturing that changes year after year. The big demand for jobs and the high density of homeless families in the area are the starting point of the “Factory housing” project that aims to redesign part of the IBZ zone to create a MX zone, in which housings, micro factories and social services are combined in the same blocks. The idea is to strengthen the sense of community, increase the job opportunities, reinforce the social services network already available in the area and create supportive, affordable and market rate housing. This allows for upward mobility for the low income and homeless people from ENY. The top-down pilot project is applied to three city own blocks and combines manufacturing, housing and social services. From that, we established four design guidelines that set buildings height (FAR), density, types of manufacturing, location of social services and supportive housing and public spaces among others. In a long term scenario, following the guidelines, we expect different private developments for some selected blocks that can further increase the social cycle.