EAST RIVER ALLIANCE

ORGANIZATION DESIGN

YEAR

CLIENT

ROLE

TEAM

2018

Rebuild by Design

Project lead

Research & strategy

Production

Project management

The Trust for Public Land

James Lima Planning & Development

The Lower East Side of Manhattan is about to get a new park and coastline, designed to protect the community from sea level rise and coastal storms.  Typical approaches to park operations and governance fall short of maximizing the full value of parks as resilient infrastructure.

How can an alternative form of park governance ensure sustained and high quality maintenance of such high performance landscapes as East River Park? How can such a model harness local knowledge and technical capability, retain local investment, and enhance community resilience beyond park borders?

EAST RIVER ALLIANCE

Based on in-depth stakeholder and precedent research, we recommended that the existing working group pursue an alliance structure, with the concerted practices of engaging in equitable development.

The alliance model provides for wider representation among organized community interests, provides strength and capacity in numbers, and involves relatively modest start-up costs while remaining adaptable to shifting needs and activities over time.

Evolve to grow

Today:

working group

Mid-term:

Alliance with City coordination

Long-term:

Alliance with joint

Alliance / City Park Administrator

Year-round programming + activation

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