Project Outputs

In January 2016, we published Laying the Groundwork: Design Guidelines for Retail and Other Ground-Floor Uses in Mixed-Use Affordable Housing Developments. The guide invites developers and architects to think creatively about the ways buildings contribute to the life and health of neighborhoods encouraging attractive, active and resilient streetscapes.

Accompanying the publication, the online cost template demonstrates the costs of applying the guidebook’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing recommendations.

Laying the Groundwork Design Guidelines

January 2016

Design Guidelines Cost Template

January 2016

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Project Activities

Soon after we started the project, we held feedback sessions for developers, architects, community development organizations, business improvement districts, and City agencies.

We celebrated the Laying the Groundwork Design Guidelines at a panel event on February 25, 2016. 

Activity Photos (10)

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Photo: Sam Lahoz

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We sold so many copies of the Laying the Groundwork Design Guidelines at the launch!

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Laying the Groundwork Fellows at the Affordable Housing and the Public Realm reception. 

Photo: Sam Lahoz

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Design Trust executive director Susan Chin and NYC Department of Small Business Services Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood Development Michael Blaise Backer at the Affordable Housing and Public Realm reception

Photo: Sam Lahoz

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There were many questions from the audience at the Affordable Housing and the Public Realm panel

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The panel moderated by William Menking included Susan Chin, Fiona Cousins, R. Darby Curtis, Penny Hardy, James Slade, and Hayes Slade.

Photo: Sam Lahoz

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Project Fellows present the Laying the Groundwork Design Guidelines.

Photo: Sam Lahoz

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 Eric Wilson, NYC HPD Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability, speaks about the Design Trust partnership.

Photo: Ozgur Gungor

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Feedback session with community development organizations on February 8, 2015

Photo: Ozgur Gungor

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Feedback session with the NYC Department of Small Business Services and business improvement districts on February 5, 2015

Photo: Caroline Bauer

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Feedback session with the NYC Department of City Planning and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development on November 17, 2014

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