Public and Collaborative project

In partnership with Public Policy Lab, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), and with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund the Designing Services for Housing (DSH) project explored ways to facilitate the involvement of community residents in the development and delivery of housing-related services in neighborhoods with significant public and private sector investment leveraged by HPD. This project explored two tracks running concurrently through the spring and summer of 2012. The first initiative revolved around a hands-on collaboration between Public Policy Lab fellows and staff, Parsons faculty, and HPD. The second program was a more independent research initiative by Parsons faculty and students, with opportunities for the fellow team to observe and respond. Over the summer and fall and winter of 2012, the project team synthesized and documented findings, selected the most promising ideas, further refined those concepts, and developed preliminary implementation proposals for pilot projects for HPD. These pilots were launched in the summer of 2013, and a comprehensive “How-To Guide,” providing explanation and documentation of the DSH project, is due to be published in the fall.

With my students in the Integrated Design program, we engaged with HPD to assess current offerings and explore the co-production approach where residents can actively collaborate in the co-design and co-production of housing-related services. Proposals included enhancements to HPD’s housing assistance programs, field offices, and code enforcement procedures, as well as the development of a new housing week initiative.