Monday, February 25, 2013

Good News for CHPU!

CHPU was selected for an Independent Project grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. We will have more news about what this means for CHPU soon...please stay tuned! Thank you to our fiscal sponsor, Van Alen Institute, and to our community partners. This is an exciting next step for CHPU.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

From Crown Heights to Venice: CHPU Featured in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennial

This year Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism was invited to be part of the United States Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennial 2012. The U.S. exhibit, Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, included 124 projects from all across the U.S. that dealt with community initiatives to improve neighborhoods across the country. 

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The exhibit will be open until November 25, 2012. 

CHPU presents in a panel discussion with fellow US Pavilion exhibitors: ICE-POPS, Neighborland, Planning Corps, and UrbanoActivo

CHPU Proposal at the US Pavilion:

 Visitors at the Venice Architecture Biennial 2012 - US Pavilion

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Crown Heights winner at the 2011 Urban Design Week!

The Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism project was 1 of 10 selected visions for NYC  at the By the City for the City competition held at the Urban Design Week 2011. The CHPU proposal is also included in the publication  Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. The UDW 20011 is an event organized by the Institute for Urban Design .

Monday, May 2, 2011

CHPU Event Photos!

Thank you for attending and participating in the first Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism event!
Please stay tuned for upcoming events.

More photos of the event at
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Contact Manuel Avila at for further information about CHPU! 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

What is Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism?

Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism is a community-informed design proposal for public space located in the Crow Hill neighborhood of Crown Heights. The purpose of the project is to provide a forum for the community to rethink residual spaces created by transportation infrastructure towards a new public space network. The project is founded on the idea of creating a common ground for residents, local community organizations, business owners, and governmental entities to discuss and initiate plural public spaces in the context of a diverse emergent community in Crown Heights. While space in Crown Heights is contested on a daily basis, this reclamation of a public corridor along the Franklin Avenue Shuttle -- the main transportation line in Crow Hill, Crown Heights -- can serve to connect, not divide, neighbors and community members.
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Design Proposal Exhibit Opening!


The Architect-in-Residence program and this exhibit are achieved with the generous support of First Pacific Advisors, LLC, Brian Slocum, Ada Tolla, Mark Gardner and the SUPERFRONT Board of Directors, as well as exhibit production support from Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects.