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Education Session - Panel Format

MON-A09 - Opening the Edge: Connecting Public Housing to the Community Through Green Space

Monday, October 23
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Affordable housing is often isolated from the surrounding community—a direct result of planning and landscape decisions that privilege low-cost solutions over integrative design. This conversation will identify lessons learned in working with a public housing entity and the community to redesign green space to promote connection and inclusion.  

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Susan Chin

Executive Director
Design Trust for Public Space

Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, leads the Design Trust for Public Space, a nationally-recognized incubator at the forefront of shaping the urban environment. Her projects include: Five Borough Farm, Making Midtown, Under the Elevated/El-Space, Future Culture, and Opening the Edge. For over 20 years, she served as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Chin was elected 2013–2014 AIA National Vice President after serving as AIANY Chapter President. Her awards include 2013 Kideney Gold Medal, 2011 Del Gaudio Award, Loeb Fellowship and Ohio State University Distinguished Alumna.


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Jane Greengold

Public Artist, Project Proposer, Lead Fellow
Design Trust for Public Space

Jane Greengold creates site-specific conceptually-based public projects intended to provide a sense of place. She has done permanent public installations including works for the MTA Arts for Transit progam and the NYC Percent for Art Program; and temporary projects for various public art agencies. In addition to public art projects, Jane continues to make abstract paintings on paper and on modules, such as rolling pins, that can be manipulated by the viewer. She also maintains a parallel career as a public interest lawyer, representing low income clients, including public housing residents, in class actions seeking to protect their rights


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Rebecca Hill

RAFT Landscape Architecture

Rebecca Hill is a partner at RAFT Landscape Architecture in Brooklyn, NY. She specializes in developing opportunities for incorporating high-performance landscape techniques into the urban environment to solve contemporary challenges.
In addition to studying landscape responses to climate change, she has conducted original research on the structure of neighborhoods in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Kyoto, and post-WWII Soviet Bloc. In 2013, she won a New York State Council on the Arts Grant to study the catastrophic flooding in upstate New York after Hurricane Irene. She has been an invited speaker at the Mohawk River Watershed Conference and the Mighty Waters Symposium.


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Destiny Mata

Community Organizing Fellow
Design Trust for Public Space

Destiny Mata is a New York native, freelance photographer, and videographer. Destiny is currently working on a personal photography project creating portraits of her neighbors at Lillian Wald Houses, the NYCHA location of the Opening the Edge project. Her work has been featured in Vice's Noisey, Vibe, The Source, Mass Appeal, and Frank151. Most recently, she participated in a group photography show, Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@, at the Mexic-Arte Museum in the summer of 2016. Her photographs of the Hurricane Sandy's aftermath were exhibited in Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy at the Museum of the City of New York.


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MON-A09 - Opening the Edge: Connecting Public Housing to the Community Through Green Space

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