Best Practice: Remain Accountable to Community Concerns & Design Integrity

As projects develop from concept to implementation through design adjustments and feasibility analysis, it becomes increasingly important to both maintain design integrity and retain the principles that the community identified and continues to identify as vital for project success. Each project faces the challenge of incorporating new fact driven changes and addressing constructive critisim from stakeholders. 

Example: Hudson River

Centering presentations, materials and programming on community concerns and clearly communicating design options fosters a relationship of trust and understanding with the community. Residents in Hoboken, New Jersey expressed concern about the appearance of physical interventions that the design team initially proposed to resist storm surges from the Hudson River. In response, the Hudson River Project team created a “Resist Toolkit” that showed various design options and the different community amenities that each potential interventions would offer. 

Example: Hunts Point

In Hunts Point, the advisory working group developed 14 "implementation principles" that it wants the city to incorporate in the planning, implementation and ongoing operation of the pilot project. The community coalition continues to articulate these principles to the City and its design team as a means of ensuring design integrity and community engagement.