As is widely known, NYCHA has several difficult issues that it faces while providing housing for thousands of people throughout New York City. The invaluable role that NYCHA has in the city should be free of constant fiscal shortfalls and a deteriorating building stock. Our design proposal seeks to comprehensively overhaul a NYCHA campus as a prototype for other campuses in order to ensure that this important entity is around for decades to come. The “Wall to Wall” scope of our project requires a change in the current Request for Proposal System that NYCHA uses. In order to ensure a positive return on investment both to NYCHA as an organization and the residents that call it home, development should be allowed on all corners of the site to create enough revenue for future improvements. This approach, while ambitious, will show NYCHA residents that real changes are happening with the hope, that they will embrace the new developments.
Our proposal focuses on three main interventions. 1- The implementation of infill buildings throughout the site consisting of both retail and housing. 2- Adding a new facade system to the existing NYCHA buildings to improve quality of life for the residents. And 3- rethinking the landscape to provide greater connectivity from the neighborhood to East River Park while encouraging a sense of pride for the residents of Jacob Riis Houses.