Redefining Public Space at the Lillian Wald Houses
The Lillian Wald Houses are in the process of getting a revamped green community space along Avenue D.
The project, “Opening the Edge,” has been in the works since September 2016, and is part of a larger program called The Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm. The aim here is to breathe life into the city “by connecting people through innovative design informed by the needs and aspirations of community users.” Public artist Jane Greengold was tapped to partner with the Design Trust for Public Space to work some artistic magic, by creating a prototype for an underutilized grassy area of a NYCHA development. The Wald Houses fit the bill.
The Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with NYCHA will work with residents to reimagine the green space at Wald Houses. We will focus on connectivity between the development and streetscape to encourage social interaction and promote public health. The Design Trust plans to construct a prototype of the design, coordinating with NYCHA, in a second phase of work.
And that’s precisely where local input is needed. The next working group meeting is tonight at the Boys and Girls Club (888 East 6th Street) at 6:30pm. Both Wald House residents and neighboring Lower East Siders are encouraged to attend. More info on the project can be found here.