week 7 (03/13) Design phase / Mapping and analyzing vacant properties in Bushwick

Gazette/Report organization (9:00 – 10:00 am)

Introduction Assignment 6: Drafting a lawful occupation and rehabilitation strategy (10:00 – 11:00 am).  Using the knowledge acquired and produced in the previous weeks, students design an occupation and rehabilitation strategy including a number of initiatives to outreach, mobilize and engage locals in the planning and design process. Due week 12.

The class divides in new groups. Group discussion about potential strategies.

Introduction Assignment 7: Mapping and analyzing the intervention area, allies and partners (11:00 – 12:30 pm). The district will be divided in six sections, each zone will be investigated by a group. Students will map and categorize all the vacant buildings (industrial, residential, commercial, etc). After a throughout analysis, students will identify potential  properties for occupation and rehabilitation, and investigate further the number of housing units, years of vacancy and ownership of those. In addition, students will identify and map the following; potential allies in the intervention area and borough (community organizations, faith institutions, local groups etc); and potential partners in New York City and State (city agencies, housing trusts and foundations, etc).Due week 8.

Group discussion about the vacant property count, methodology, organization,etc.

Lunch Break (12:30 -1:30 pm)

Introduction to Bushwick (1:30 – 2:30 pm)