On Sunday, October 17, 2021, from 11:00am–12:00pm EST, join Breaking Ground, the African American Planning Commission, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects for a tour of Edwin’s Place, a supportive housing building located in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The tour will start and end at 7 Livonia Avenue, near the northeast corner of Livonia Avenue and Howard Avenue in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Link to register: https://ohny.org/place/edwins-place/
Edwin’s Place features 126 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments that are home to formerly homeless and low-income individuals, veterans, and families. The 116,500-square-foot, eight-story building incorporates communal facilities and shops into the ground floor to contribute to the developing Livonia Avenue retail corridor. It also cradles a sunken courtyard that provides outdoor amenities for residents as well as a lightwell that illuminates lower-level offices for social service staff, a fitness center, a computer lab, and meeting rooms. Edwin’s Place is RAMSA’s second collaboration with Breaking Ground, an organization that has been building supportive and affordable housing as well as developing programs for unhoused and other vulnerable New Yorkers since 1990. Today, Breaking Ground operates nearly 4,000 units of housing across New York City, along with housing in upstate New York and Connecticut.
Grant Marani is a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects and his work includes the design and management of civic, cultural, hospitality, academic, and residential buildings worldwide. Some of his major projects include the Nathan Deal Judicial Center in Atlanta for the Georgia State Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, a weekend retreat in California’s Sonoma Valley, and an affordable housing complex developed by Breaking Ground—New York’s largest supportive housing provider. Grant is currently a board member of the Design Trust for Public Space.
Andrew McIntyre is a senior associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects and most recently served as project manager for Edwin’s Place, a supportive housing building in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently working on an affordable housing building in the Bronx in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. In 2018, Andrew was named a Forefront Fellow by the Urban Design Forum, where he completed a year-long research study into issues surrounding homelessness in the built environment.