Combining story-telling and critical geography, this project seeks to expose Black and Brown housing struggles, community organizing efforts promoting housing justice, and collective visions leading to community-controlled housing in New York City. This will be achieved through the creation of an
This research-based design project is being developed by MS Design and Urban Ecologies students in collaboration with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The project seeks to envision innovative organizing and planning tools to help underserved and immigrant communities build capacity as they start their recovery efforts. The tools will become part of LISC’s community-planning process ensuring equity and inclusion which remains at the center of the organization’s planning and collective impact process.
Kevin McQueen —Associate Director Kevin McQueen leads the Community Development Finance Lab at the Milano’s Nonprofit Management, Public, and Urban Policy Program, The New School. He balances his extensive experience in corporate finance with a deep commitment to facilitating
Mia Charlene White —Associate Director Mia Charlene White is a parent, daughter, differently-abled dreamer from Queens, currently Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the Environmental Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement, with a co-teaching appointment at the Milano School for
Gabriela Rendón —Founder and Director Gabriela Rendón is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Community Development at the School of Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design. From 2017 to 2019, she co-directed the MS in Design and Urban Ecologies
Community-controlled housing, despite its marginal presence in large urban areas, represents spaces of resistance that have emerged out of long-term struggles in low-income and underserved communities. These spaces have been constituted as a means of survival providing permanent affordable housing that neither the