The mission of Jonathan Rose's company is to "repair the fabric of communities." He attempts to accomplish this goal in many ways, only one of which is by building affordable housing projects that respect the natural environment around them, the people who will live within them and the existing communities that will welcome them. This episode follows Rose through three neighborhoods in which his sustainably-designed housing projects are changing people's perception of what affordable housing can be. The projects featured include the Burnham Building in Irvington, New York; the Joyce and David Dinkins' Gardens project in Harlem; and the as-yet-to-be-built mixed-income development Via Verde, which will ultimately rise in the South Bronx.
2. What makes a neighborhood a community? List some of the elements in your opinion that are essential to a community.
3. Do you live in an area/community that is mixed-income or level income? Do you think much about it? If you experienced the opposite, how do you think it would influence you?
4. What are some places within walking distance of your home (e.g., stores, parks, theaters, community centers)? What are some places you would like to have and not have within walking distance of your home? Why?
5. Do you learn more when you talk to a person that is more or less like you? What about when you visit a place that is more or less like your hometown? Why?
Link to resources to conduct research on these topics.
2. Why does Jonathan Rose believe that a community is more likely to be sustainable if it's diverse? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
3. How can a real estate developer "repair the fabric of communities"? What types of buildings contribute to the fabric of a community in a positive way? In a negative way (e.g., homogeneous vs. heterogeneous population, commercial vs. residential, shared space vs. private space)?
NATIONAL STANDARDS FROM MCREL STANDARD
Standard 14.4: Understands how societal interests, economics, ergonomics, and environmental considerations influence a solution.
Standard 17.6: Understands tradeoffs among characteristics such as safety, function, cost, ease of operation, quality of post-purchase support, and environmental impact when selecting systems for specific purposes.
Standard 4.6: Knows that a design involves different design factors (e.g., ergonomics, maintenance and repair, environmental concerns) and design principles (e.g., flexibility, proportion, function).
Standard 6.8: Knows different requirements for structural design (e.g., strength, maintenance, appearance) and that these structures require maintenance.