Gardens Rising

The NYC Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) selected WE Design to develop a feasibility study for the design and construction of green infrastructure in 47 community gardens located throughout the Lower East Side. This project combines community participation with urban planning, landscape architecture, and engineering to increase the permeability and stormwater capture in these gardens, the majority of which are located within an area that was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy, and also adds native plants to support habitat and beautify the neighborhood. This extensive project has the potential to demonstrate, through specific hydrological metrics, the critical role community gardens can play in any city’s climate change resiliency plan.

This project won a 2017 merit award from the American Society of Landscape Architects – NY.

Gardens Rising Project Announcement

Gardens Rising Play Day Workshop
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