School gyms, fields and tracks are central places for kids, teachers and community members to gather, share and play. ReNew New Jersey / New York Schools will create innovative and inspiring places of sport by transforming public school athletic facilities in New York City damaged by the storm.
Through the careful assessment of 13 schools with the help of Perkins+Will, three New York City schools and two New Jersey schools have been identified as participants in the program. We are now moving with our design and construction phase, and will be hosting a number of design charrettes in the coming weeks. Read the latest updates on the project page.
We are working with city officials and residents to identify projects that will strengthen the cultural and economic heritage of the business district.We will identify and build an entire block of homes for the families of first responders.
CONSTRUCTING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
The New York chapter has been instrumental in aiding us with assessments of communities impacted by the storms. The chapter will be launching phase two of this response, named "Constructing Resilient Communities." While the project is still in its initial planning phase, its goal is to host a series of workshops in the various communities. Look forward to reports on what these workshops produce.
NEWARK IS BACK!
The Newark Chapter of Architecture for Humanity has recently re-established themselves, following Hurricane Sandy. Lead by Martha Brazoban, they wil be in close communication with our regional office and the NY chapter to expand their impact in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. This small chapter needs your involvement and support for their initiatives. Get the opportunity to work on amazing community projects. See their website to get involved.
FIND US IN NYC
We're also excited to announce two new additions to our team! Rachel Minnery, AIA and Brian Baer have recently joined us at our newly established regional office in New York. This regional office will operate out of New York and will grow in staff until the Sandy Reconstruction Program is complete.
Rachel will be working as our Regional Program Manager, managing all of our Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction programs for the duration of the program. She joins us as an experienced architect from environmental WORKS community design center, past-chair of the American Institute of Architects Disaster Assistance Committee, and as co-founder of Architects Without Borders Seattle. Rachel has focused on environmentally and socially responsible design for building and planning projects in both the public and private sectors. Read her bio here.
Brian will be managing the school component of the overall Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction program in New York City. He joins us with over 25 years of sustainable community-aided design solutions for educational, cultural, civic and non-governmental agency projects across the United States. Combining his versatile leadership and managerial skills, Brian has collaborated with a wide variety of constituencies to bring consensus and success to the design and building process. He is licensed in several states, is a LEED accredited professional and is certified by NCARB.
Please join us in welcoming these two to our team! With the new project, new addition to our staff, and one more design fellows soon to come, look forward to our upcoming updates as we move forward with our projects!