Jared Rice

Jared Rice

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Re:Play Reclaiming the Commons through Play

Exhibition for Reset: Towards a New Commons

The intersecting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, structural racism, and decades of disinvestment have disproportionately affected the health, safety, and social fabric of NYCHA public housing residents. In this project, young residents describe the toll of these impacts and reimagine their community as a restorative space of gathering, joy, and healing.

From June to December 2021, we met weekly with five Young Resident designers, community elders, and other NYCHA residents at three East Harlem NYCHA campuses to engage in workshops, storytelling, listening sessions, and events.

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Status: Built
Location: 536 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012
My Role: Engaged designer
Additional Credits: PROJECT TEAM
David Burney, FAIA, Pratt Institute
Caitlin Cahill, Pratt Institute
Catherine Chattergoon, NOMA, Pratt Institute
Jerrod Delaine, NOMA, Carthage Real Estate Advisors, Pratt Institute
Deborah Gans, FAIA, Cans and Company
Nancy Owens, ASLA, LEED AP, Nancy Owens Studio
Robin Moore, The Natural Learning Initiative, North Carolina State University


Aboubakar Cherry, Young Resident Designer
Karim Couser, Young Resident Designer
Bobbye Hall, Young Resident Designer
Devvon Howell, Young Resident Designer
Brendon Valerio, Young Resident Designer
Kate Levy, Documentary Filmmaker
Cecilia Sweet-Coll, Animator

Map and 3D Realizations of Resident Young Designers’ Work:

Corey Arena, Gans & Company
Victoria Jaimie, Gans & Company
Fabrizio Ungaro, Gans & Company

Community Partners Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation:

Eugene Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, East Harlem Safety Plan
Ramon Caba, Deputy Project Director
Layman Lee, Project Director
Nina Rembert, Manager, Youth Programs
Neighborhood Safety Initiatives is a program of the Center for Court Innovation, which has worked to create a more fair, effective, and humane justice system for over 25 years. The center approaches issues of public safety in New York City by investing in residents, transforming public spaces, and influencing policy. The key pillars that form the foundation for our work are racial equity, shifting power, access to resources, inclusive design, and deep participation.

The Project Team Would Like to Thank:

The Taconic Fellowship
Pratt Center for Community Development
Pratt Institute
National Organization of Minority Architects
Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation
Vaidehi Ajay Mody, Urban Designer, NYCHA
Delma Palma, AIA, Deputy Director of Architecture and Urban Planning, NYCHA

Collage 1 with Aboubakar Cherry to reimagine walkways
Collage 1 with Aboubakar Cherry to reimagine walkways
Collage 2 with Brendon Valerio to reimagine building front spaces
Collage 2 with Brendon Valerio to reimagine building front spaces