When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast last year, the New York Chapter of Architecture for Humanity stepped up to take action.
While Architecture for Humanity has responded to twelve major disasters throughout the world to support communities in need since its founding in 1999, Hurricane Sandy presented to us the first disaster zone that we have responded to where a local chapter was already established.
Assisting the Reconstruction and Resiliency Studio in understanding the true needs existing within New York City's coastline communities, the New York chapter became the eyes and ears on the ground as we developed our response.
Assessments were conducted over several weekends between November and January, where teams of up to 10 trained volunteers committed their time to designated neighborhoods, speaking with residents and community members to understand their situation, their needs, and their ideas and aspirations for long-term recovery.
The information and data gathered during these assessments have been summarized in a report by
Architecture for Humanity's New York Chapter. The report is a reflection of the stories and observations made
during the site visits, and while efforts have been made to accurately document the situation, is not meant to be a representation of any particular individual or community group.
More information on this assessment report here in the New York Chapter's update, and see below for the full report!
We greatly thank our New York Chapter for working closely with us since Hurricane Sandy, and for spearheading this project. We look forward to continued collaborations!
Special thanks to Emily Sprague, Project Coordinator of the Neighborhood Assessment Project for leading the reporting effort, and to the volunteers who generously dedicated their time and expertise in the affected communities.