NYCEDC Chief Operating Officer Rachel Loeb, NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Michael Dockett, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Interim Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Council Member Adrienne Adams, MNLA's Noriko Maeda and community leaders today celebrated the completion of the Atlantic Avenue Extension project and opened the newly created Gateway Park in Queens.
Designed by MNLA the 0.86 acre park boasts a new playground, additional open space,and shaded seating and builds on the firm’s revitalization plan for downtown Jamaica. "We're thrilled this long-awaited project offering open space and safe roadways is complete for all of the residents in this community to enjoy,” said Community Board 12 District Manager Ms. Yvonne Reddick.
This is an online conference where YOU - the participants - set the agenda and propose discussion topics. The purpose of this conference is to help us identify the changes we want to make to our own profession during this unprecedented time of a global pandemic and civil unrest from racial injustices.
CEUs will be provided. Please click through for registration information.
ERIC GARNER - JOHN CRAWFORD III - MICHAEL BROWN - EZELL FORD - DANTE PARKER - MICHELLE CUSSEAUX - LAQUAN MCDONALD - GEORGE MANN - TANISHA ANDERSON - AKAI GURLEY - TAMIR RICE - RUMAIN BRISBON - JERAME REID MATTHEW AJIBADE - FRANK SMART - NATASHA MCKENNA - TONY ROBINSON ANTHONY HILL - MYA HALL - PHILIP WHITE - ERIC HARRIS - WALTER SCOTT WILLIAM CHAPMAN II - ALEXIA CHRISTIAN - BRENDON GLENN - VICTOR MANUEL LAROSA - JONATHAN SANDERS - FREDDIE GRAY - JOSEPH MANN - SALVADO ELLSWOOD - SANDRA BLAND - ALBERT JOSEPH DAVIS - DARRIUS STEWART - BILLY RAY DAVIS - SAMUEL DUBOSE - MICHAEL SABBIE - BRIAN KEITH DAY - CHRISTIAN TAYLOR - TROY ROBINSON - ASSHAMS PHAROAH MANLEY - FELIX KUMI - KEITH HARRISON MCLEOD - JUNIOR PROSPER - LAMONTEZ JONES - PATERSON BROWN - DOMINIC HUTCHINSON - ANTHONY ASHFORD - ALONZO SMITH - TYREE CRAWFORD - INDIA KAGER - LA’VANTE BIGGS - MICHAEL LEE MARSHALL - JAMAR CLARK - RICHARD PERKINS - NATHANIEL HARRIS PICKETT - BENNI LEE TIGNOR MIGUEL ESPINAL - MICHAEL NOEL - KEVIN MATTHEWS - BETTIE JONES - QUINTONIO LEGRIER - KEITH CHILDRESS JR. - JANET WILSON - RANDY NELSON - ANTRONIE SCOTT - WENDELL CELESTINE - DAVID JOSEPH - CALIN ROQUEMORE - DYZHAWN PERKINS - CHRISTOPHER DAVIS - MARCO LOUD - PETER GAINES - TORREY ROBINSON - DARIUS ROBINSON - KEVIN HICKS - MARY TRUXILLO - DEMARCUS SEMER - WILLIE TILLMAN - TERRILL THOMAS - SYLVILLE SMITH - ALTON STERLING PHILANDRO CASTILE - TERENCE CRUTCHER - PAUL O’NEAL - ALTERIA WOODS JORDAN EDWARDS - AARON BAILEY - RONELL FOSTER - STEPHON CLARK ANTWON ROSE II - BOTHAM JEAN - PAMELA TURNER - DOMINIQUE CLAYTON ATATIANA JEFFERSON - CHRISTOPHER WHITFIELD - CHRISTOPHER MCCOVEY ERIC REASON - MICHAEL LORENZO DEAN - BREONNA TAYLOR - GEORGE FLOYD
“The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. This is a non-comprehensive list of deaths at the hands of police in the U.S. since Eric Garner’s death in July 2014.”
“A Decade of Watching Black People Die”
It is undeniable that racial injustice is embedded into our urban fabric. For decades Black Americans have faced unequal access to housing, open space, education, and other public services. Racist, exclusionary practices are revealed in public spaces, where we see unequal and unjust treatment of Black people by law enforcement and other members of the public. In both openly hostile and concealed ways, Black people have been disregarded as equal members of the public realm.
Individually and collectively, we have contributed to a system that dehumanizes Black people. We cannot deny the enduring trauma of oppression, and the need to amplify Black voices.
Black Lives Matter.
“To be seen, to live with dignity, and to be connected.”
BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza
MNLA commits to anti-racist transformation of the built environment and landscape architecture profession.
We have established an internal MNLA Advocacy Team to evaluate our initiatives and expression of our firm’s core values.
We will reexamine our community outreach, site analysis, precedent studies, and research strategies to strengthen the inclusion and social justice foundations we design from.
We will reconsider our design vocabulary and establish an accessible, anti-racist, anti-oppressive glossary to better communicate our process and intentions.
We will examine our staff and intern hiring practices. We commit to increasing diversity within the profession and support organizations that build equity and diversity in the public realm, landscape architecture, and in allied professions.
When gyms and sports fields closed during the pandemic, MNLA's artificial turf field at Tribeca’s Pier 25 in New York City's Hudson River Park became a welcoming community space by the river for a host of ad hoc activity, from karate moves and crunches to kite flying and ball kicking.
MNLA is honored to be a contributor to “Waterfront Access for All: Breaking Down Physical and Social Barriers to the Waterfront,” a report released today by The Waterfront Alliance. With input from a task force of over sixty organizations—from environmental justice advocates, to urban planners and designers, to the recreational boating community— the Waterfront Alliance partnered with the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program to develop priorities for creating more equitable waterfront access throughout our region. Please click through to view the full report.