Harvard Graduate School of Education Website | October 28, 2011
by Jill Anderson
After years of planning and collaboration among artists, activists, and architects, a green educational and cultural arts mixed-use development will open next year on the boundary of Harlem’s historic Sugar Hill. The Sugar Hill Project, as it is called, is also unique in that it combines an early childhood education center and children’s museum in the 124-unit residential building that will house formerly homeless and low-income families.
At last week’s Askwith Forum, “Art, Architecture, and Activism: The Sugar Hill Project,” key players in the development – Ellen Baxter of Broadway Housing Communities; artist, writer, and educator Faith Ringgold; and architect David Adjaye – spoke about integral components in designing this community. Lecturer Steve Seidel, who advised on the project, introduced and commended the speakers in what he called a development that is a “blending of brilliance” and has the potential to “change the way” America thinks about housing for the homeless and low-income.
“I’ve learned it is possible to create the alternative,” said Baxter, activist and executive director of Broadway Housing Communities.
You can watch the entire presentation here: