UM urban design team finds potential in NYC housing projects

This year, a team of Taubman College graduate students in urban design spent a semester exploring the redevelopment potential of public housing projects on the Lower East Side of New York.

Led by Roy Strickland, director of the UM Master of Urban Design program, the team of urban designers found ways for the New York City Housing Authority to not merely survive, but thrive.

With its vast inventory, they found, the NYCHA has the opportunity to create a model for city life: mixed-income, mixed-use communities where the stock of low-income, affordable housing is preserved and balances “gentrification.”

The Michigan design team consisted of students Komal Anand, Daren Crabill, Emek Erdolu, Yingying Guan, Seung-Hyun Kim, Rachana Ky, Jun-Yi Lin, Obiamaka Ofodile, Kwangseok Oh, Danna Reyes, Amal Shaaban and Xuan Zheng.

An article about the project titled “Saving Public Housing by Building Anew,” written by Strickland for the Nov. 24 issue of City Limits, can be found here.