With a focus on equity, inclusion, and community leadership, two experts — an architect and a real estate developer — present two case studies of large-scale, mixed-use urban redevelopments focused on uplifting multilingual Black and brown communities.
The virtual program on Tuesday, May 10 at 11:30am is part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State’s ongoing educational mission. The presenters are developer and planner Baye Adofo-Wilson, Esq., AICP, and architect Victor Body-Lawson, FAIA. Program details and registration are found here.
The two city-making case studies illuminate Paterson’s historic Hinchcliffe Stadium reinvention, centered on a national historic landmark Negro League baseball park, as well as the Peninsula, a metro-area juvenile detention campus converted into vibrant commercial uses and 740 units of 100% low-income housing with parklike open space.
The projects demonstrate synergies with creative mixes of commercial uses, destinations and recreation, green open spaces, and employment and economic opportunities. In Paterson, sports and cultural venues energize the community, while the Bronx campus adds childcare and health clinics as it creates jobs through new bakeries, breweries, grocers, and film studios.
Community involvement sets the stage for successful architectural and development responses. More than mere economic uplift, these affordable communities reinvent and energize the urban core.