The Atlantic’s City Lab recently featured the revitalization work in Brownsville, Texas, being led by bcWorkshop and the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville (CDBC). From multi-unit ‘colonias’ to disaster relief housing, the architect-developer collaboration is changing the design and delivery of housing to the city’s poorest residents at a pace that “New York developers might envy,” reports Amanda Kolson Hurley. Working within CDCB’s aim to build 150 houses each year, bcWORKSHOP has been able to prove the value of design to the rapid building process to the developer, which in turn has affected the residents, neighborhood, and local government’s perception of design. CDCB Executive Director Nick Mitchell-Bennett explains:
High-quality designs get local officials excited. When they’re excited, they’ll try to do whatever it takes to make sure the buildings end up looking that way—like supporting the intensive community engagement that both CDCB and bcWorkshop insist on.
Click here to read “In America’s Poorest City, a Housing Breakthrough,” online at CityLab.com.