Recent events and the growing list of Black victims at the hands of the authority sworn to protect them implores us to raise our voices. It was naïve to believe that doing good work was enough. To dedicate our practice to working with community-based organizations to provide honorable housing, shelters, schools and healthcare facilities throughout New York City is not enough. For over 50 years, ESKW/Architects has pushed the design limit with and for our clients who serve the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, the struggling New Yorker in need of safe, quality housing and access to education and healthcare. As Architects, as New Yorkers, as Global Citizens, we stand up and vow to do more. While actions speak louder than words, this is a time when silence is not acceptable.
We believe that housing is the baseline to thriving, successful healthy communities, and we push for more affordable housing along with SHF, MHANY, The Bridge, UHAB, Community Access, and ICL. We will do more for them and others. You should, too.
We work with BRC, Project Renewal, and others who provide secure, honorable shelter for people experiencing homelessness, and we will be on the frontline of developing creative solutions to promote the health of our citizens. We will do more for them and others. You should, too.
We have worked with Hour Children for years to provide housing to formerly incarcerated women and their children, and with West End Residences to house the LGBTQ community. We will do more for them and others. You should, too.
We have worked with the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycoba|NOMA) on Project Pipeline to give the next generation of Architects a chance to be more inclusive and to better represent the communities architecture serves. We commit to be BRAVE (banish, reach, advocate, vote & engage). We will do more for them and others. You should, too.
“Architecture cannot save the world, but it can set a good example.”
– Alvar Aalto