BED-STUY, BROOKLYN – A project helping Bed-Stuy recover from the coronavirus pandemic has been recognized by the Municipal Arts Society, the organization announced this week.
The “Neighborhoods Now” project received special recognition at the MASterworks Awards, which honor projects in and around New York City that contribute to the city’s “built environment”.
The project, a collaboration between the Van Alen Institute, Urban Design Forum and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, connected the neighborhoods hardest hit during the pandemic with design firms to help with community workshops, gatherings and other initiatives to promote their recovery .
“From community workshops and design build days to tactical interventions that support safe gatherings and reopenings, it’s an inspiring project that redefines the mindset and approach of design, meets people where they are, and explored new forms of communication and collaboration. “Said MAS President Elizabeth Goldstein about the project. “The Your Home, Not Alone ethos served as a beacon of community welfare at a time when many felt isolated and fearful. This is an innovative example to be seen in the fields of design, planning, development, space design, engagement and beyond. “
The Neighborhoods Now project created working groups in Bed-Stuy, Jackson Heights, Kingsbridge, the Lower East Side, Washington Heights and was later expanded to Chinatown, East Village and South Bronx, according to the organization.
In Bed-Stuy, the initiative included, according to Van Alens. installing planters in the Restoration Plaza, adopt-a-square murals, and creating a sustainable Black Lives Matter mural in the neighborhood page about the project.
“… In collaboration with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, a new form of collaboration has emerged between our client, a diverse cross-section of local stakeholders and our team of architects, landscape architects, engineers, graphic designers and legal advisors.” said the crew. “Our hope is that this collaborative model for community-led initiatives can be continued and supported in the future to provide bespoke solutions for other projects that build a safe and just community.”