January 26, 2022
by AIA New York
A photograph of a group of volunteers from Dattner Architects beginning to install a mural along the fence of the Services for the Underserved (S:US) urban garden during AIANY Day of Service.
Dattner Architects partnered with Services for the Underserved (S:US) to transform one of their urban garden spaces during the AIANY Day of Service. Photo: Kavitha Mathew.

While AIA New York’s tradition of organizing multiple service projects around NYC on a single day proved too challenging during the pandemic, NYC’s design community still defied the odds and found ways to give back to their communities.

Last fall, Ennead Architects completed much of the scope of their library upgrade design for a public school in East Harlem, creating a beautiful mural and donating materials for further improvements. Dattner Architects rallied an energetic team to install new planters, fencing, and shading to enhance an urban garden in Brooklyn. On the Lower East Side, Urbahn Architects transformed a common room into a colorful and harmonious space for seniors to gather. Our thanks to the teams, donors, partners, and volunteers who helped with each of these projects. Find out more about them on our 2021 Day of Service page.

In the works is an additional project for the Bowery Residents’ Committee in Manhattan. A rooftop upgrade has already been designed with the assistance of Design Advocates and a portion of the project has been funded by ConstructConnect and KPF. BRC hopes to raise enough additional funding to fabricate seating and shading elements to convert this space into a rooftop oasis for the 33 formerly homeless residents who are now permanent residents at this facility.

Find out more about the project and how you can help BRC and Design Advocates reach their goal!

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