Update on 535 E. 11th St.

The Mary Spink House on 535 East 11th Street is nearing completion. The project is sponsored by the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing and is roughly 80% complete. The finishes are going in and façade is almost completed; the street-level storefront is being installed which opens onto the building’s Community Room. There is a through-building passageway connecting East 11st St. and the Joseph Sauer Park which will be accessible to both the residents and the general public. Masonry openings on the gray brick façade continue the rhythm of the adjacent street facades and fire escapes. The gray and yellow color scheme is continued boldly at the rear of the building and throughout the interior. This building will provide 46 units of supportive and affordable housing to low-income, formerly homeless, and mentally disabled members of the East Village community. Stay tuned for more updates.

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The Ratensky Lecture

Carlton Brown

Carlton Brown, a developer who has been deeply involved in furthering affordable, sustainable housing in New York City; Jackson, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; and throughout Africa, was recently honored at the Center for Architecture’s 2013 Ratensky Lecture.

Due to our office’s history of involvement in affordable and sustainable projects, Mr. Brown’s stick-to-itiveness and enduring vision were especially resonant and inspiring. Andrew Knox, Partner, ending his five-year tenure as co-chair for the Housing Committee, helped introduce Mr. Brown. Claire Webb, Marketing Director, wrote about the lecture for the e-Oculus Magazine:

Carlton Brown is a man of big ideas and grand ideals. Honored last week at the Ratensky Lecture at the Center for Architecture, Brown talked about how his upbringing in the Civil Rights Era South shaped his philosophy of inclusivity and the importance of sharing resources equitably. Using four touch points, Brown harnessed a mantra that has shaped his role as a developer: “Generate more energy than we use, include more people than we exclude, use more waste than we create, and create more wealth than we consume.”

Read the full article here, and watch Mr. Brown’s lecture here.

Photo and video credit: The Center for Architecture, AIA New York Chapter

Carol Lamberg’s Letter to the NYT

Carol Lamberg, the Executive Director for Settlement Housing Fund, a long-time client of ESKW/A’s, has championed affordable housing in NYC for decades. Her Letter to the Editor in response to a July 23, 2013 New York Times article conveys the import of keeping these public projects healthy and funded in our diverse city. Well said, Carol!

Read the article here, and Carol’s letter here.