Revitalization of Public Housing, Manhattan


Course: Master of Urban Design, University of Michigan
Project: Revitalization of Public Housing in Lower East Side of Manhattan
My Role: Researcher, Urban Designer, Community Development focus
Year 2009


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Revitalization of a 2.3 mile long stretch located in Lower East Side of Manhattan. The site is composed of public housing projects and the East River Park all built around 1950-60 by Robert Moses.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt highway acts as a barrier between the housing and the Park. The site suffers from isolation and disconnection from the city. Lack of designed public spaces to allow interaction amongst residents.

The project aimed to create a vibrant waterfront district with a dynamic new skyline, making it the front yard for activities in Manhattan. Emphasis was laid on attracting investment into the community which will help subsidize the cost of living for the existing residents and improve amenities for the community.

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