Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED AP

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Planning + development
Urban design

Housing + jobs  proximity
Schools, services, parks proximity
Adaptive re-use
Connected green zones
Compact development
Diversity of uses + housing types
Affordable housing
Walkable streets
Open community
Infrastructure proximity
Capacity building
Public Outreach

The Bronx, New York City

Best Practice prototype for Human Settlements by UN-Habitat
Completed by  Jeffrey Raven,
Bronx Center Project Coordinator
Drawing- N. Reese
Bronx Center Plan
The Bronx Center project, a collaborative, community based plan to revitalize a severely deteriorated 300 block section of the South Bronx, is unprecedented in method and scope. As a multi-discipline plan, The Bronx Center encompasses a gamut of different projects such as economic development, health and human services, education and culture, housing and transportation.

The community-based planning process was steered by a coalition of civic organizations and strong local leadership under Borough President Ferrer, with the aim of creating a permanent political forum.

Project responsibilities were as follows:  Develop and administer project objectives that emerge from a participatory process; produce an overall budget and administered the fiscal aspects of the project in coordination with the contributing organizations; oversee the production of briefing books, letters to the community, official reports, and participated in their drafting and editing; lead public meetings and hold public presentations; coordinate and delegate the work of committees, consultants and staff.

Selected as a Best Practice prototype for Human Settlements by United Nations-Habitat.  The planning strategies and architectural designs that emerged from the Bronx Center effort were included in a national urban design show entitled, “Urban Revisions: Current Projects for the Public Realm,” which was sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The exhibition has been shown in Los Angeles, California; Montreal, Canada; Berkeley, California; and Des Moines, Iowa.