Annual Day and Night of Impact

Join us for our third annual Day of Impact on October 22nd, 2016.

During our Day of Impact, architects and design professionals will make an impact by collaborating with some of New York City’s best volunteer-based organizations by getting hands-on with painting, planting, and rebuilding projects, all of which will improve our neighborhoods on both physical and social levels.

In 2014 and 2015 over 100 volunteers social committed volunteers contributed $20,000 worth of hands on labor in our communities.

This year we will be partnering with:
Rebuilding Together
Million Trees NYC
Lower East Side Ecology Center
Queens Botanical Garden
...more to come!

Want to join us on October 22nd? Follow us across social media and on our website for the updates on where and when to register for a site of your choice. 

Is your firm or organization interested in sponsoring a site? Contact our Director of Outreach at dmiller@oacny.org.

Don't forget to save October 21st for a kick-off party to celebrate our Partners, Sponsors and of course our volunteers. We can't wait to get out there and make an impact with you.

       Volunteer Day with Concrete Safaris    OACNY   is proud to partner with Concrete Safaris who will be hosting their 4th annual JungleGym Race event, on Saturday, June 25th, at Jefferson Park in East Harlem .   JungleGym Obstacle Race  - The race, held in East Harlem’s Jefferson Park and across three city blocks, aims to engage elementary school children in the transformation of outdoor spaces not traditionally used for play. Children participate in race design, construction, promotion, fundraising, volunteerism, and healthy competition. As part of Concrete Safaris' City Surfers afterschool program at PS 83 and PS 182, children from 2nd - 5th graders, start planning and designing all details for this event as early as October and through-out the school year.    Proceeds from the event will provide two hundred 7-12 year-olds from Upper Manhattan with 5-day/week, year-round, after school and summer programming in the next five years, beginning in East Harlem. With your support, we can ensure that children living in Upper Manhattan have access to high-quality, outdoor play and education in their neighborhoods and parks.    NEED    OACny  partners with individuals who operate on a volunteer basis, in an effort to offer design solutions for the betterment of our local communities. OACny in partnership with  Concrete Safaris  are currently looking for volunteers who will help to check-in racers, setup and break down stations and the course, manage specific obstacles, distribute water, awards, and swag bags, and oversee sections of the race and day's activities.Come out and have some fun!   DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT    Date:                Saturday, 6/25/2016   Time(s) :          8:00 - 3:00PM -  Shift 1                          10:30 - 6:00PM -  Shift 2    Location :        Thomas Jefferson Park - East Harlem    How to get there : Take the 6 train to 116th Street. Walk East to First Avenue, South to 114th Street, East to the last entrance into Jefferson Park by the basketball courts.   First Shift Duties: 8:00am - 3:00pm   Orientation/Training Course Setup Participant Registration Lead Obstacle Stations Distribute Water Train Incoming Volunteers Debrief   Second Shift Duties: 10:30pm - 6:00pm   Orientation Lead Obstacle Stations Distribute Water Distribute Awards / Swag Bags Clean-up Debrief  This will be an energized collaborative event with an expected turnout of over 400 participants, 20 creative obstacle courses and many fun stations along the way!   Reserve Tickets Here!       ABOUT OUR PARTNERS    Concrete Safaris  is a model for social change in which children learn how to alter the physical world around them by navigating New York City's infrastructure, becoming confident, experienced, effective leaders at an early age, committed to their health and environment. 7-12-year-olds have met with NYC Housing Authority officials to secure land for gardens and then grown thousands of pounds of produce, testified in favor of bike lanes in their neighborhood and then created bike routes for neighbors to enjoy, designed an annual obstacle race and carnival for their community, and led workshops on health topics of their choosing.      IMPORTANT INFORMATION   Dear OACny Volunteers: We look forward to seeing everyone on June 25th, Saturday morning for this exciting event held at Jefferson Park. In order to have a fun productive day, we ask that all attendees review below.    As a volunteer, you are asked to observe proper etiquette while volunteering and working with kids.      Your donation for this event helps us achieve a desired level of commitment from our volunteers while raising funds for both non-profit organizations.    T-shirts will be provided to all volunteers.    Please note that due to the expected high turnout for this event, your commitment in attending will be taken seriously. These events are held and organized almost entirely with the support of volunteers. 

Volunteer Day with Concrete Safaris!

OACNY is proud to partner with Concrete Safaris who will be hosting their 4th annual JungleGym Race event, on Saturday, June 25th, at Jefferson Park in East Harlem.

NEED

OACny partners with individuals who operate on a volunteer basis, in an effort to offer design solutions for the betterment of our local communities. OACny in partnership with Concrete Safaris are currently looking for volunteers who will help to check-in racers, setup and break down stations and the course, manage specific obstacles, distribute water, awards, and swag bags, and oversee sections of the race and day's activities.Come out and have some fun!

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT

Date:               Saturday, 6/25/2016

Time(s):          8:00 - 3:00PM - Shift 1

                        10:30 - 6:00PM - Shift 2

Location:        Thomas Jefferson Park - East Harlem 

How to get there: Take the 6 train to 116th Street. Walk East to First Avenue, South to 114th Street, East to the last entrance into Jefferson Park by the basketball courts.

Reserve Tickets Here!

Design Charrette

Design Charrette

OACny is happy to announce that on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at 7:00PM, we will be hosting a 2 hour Design Charrette for the design of a Community Commercial Kitchen. This Community Kitchen can serve as an essential space in building economic opportunities, boosting environmental sustainability, and overall community health.

RESERVE TICKETS HERE!

Pave Your Path to Impact

 Open Architecture / New York is hosting our first panel discussion of 2016 on March 24th on Social Impact. We're bringing together professionals from various backgrounds of social impact to inspire a thought provoking conversation about how social impact is defined and ways that this impact can be successfully measured. We'll be discussing the best ways to make an impact in your community and how to get there. Bring an open mind and questions about navigating your way to creating an impact.

Guest Panelists Include: 

Nicholas Bonsell, Knowledge Management Advisor, Girl Scouts of America
Satvika Chalasani, Technical Specialist, Adolescents and Youth, UNFPA
Gilad Goren, Chairperson, Travel + Social Good
Garrett Jacobs, Managing Director, Open Architecture Collaborative

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 - 9:00PM
Discussion and Q&A Session
(Panel Discussion begins at 7:00 PM)

Location
Porcelanosa Flagship Store
202 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE

Recruiting for Winter 2016 Urban Farm Corps


Green City Force is looking for youth interested in agriculture! See below for more information:
Urban Farm Corps is a 10-month Americorp service and job training program through Green City Force; a non-profit organization built on principles of sustainability, social, economic and environmental justice. 

Green City Force has open slots available for interested, service minded and agriculture enthusiast. The service projects for the Urban Farm Corps members include but not limited to building large scale urban farms throughout the city (which will include basic carpentry skills training), composting alongside Master composters, managing community engagement activities, corp production, food distribution at farms. The program supports the corps members in leadership and professional development, networking opportunities, and technical training in agriculture and energy. 
The Winter 2016 Urban Farm Corps will begin in early March.  If you have anyone who meet the below criteria to enroll in our Urban Farm Corps program, please send name & contact information of the individual you are referring to Jennifer@greencityforce.org, Director of Urban Agriculture & Land Improvement.

Visit http://www.greencityforce.org/apply/ for more information.


Criteria:
New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) Resident
18-24
High school or GED
Benefits:
$500 biweekly stipend
$5,500 Education award through Americorp
Monthly metro card
Job placement assistance
Professional culinary training
and other "green" certifications

 

Photo Credit: Green City Force
 

Competition: Construction for a Livable City

Attention NYC Designers:

The New York Building Foundation and the New York Building Congress Task Force are hosting a design competition. This year's competition is a call for ideas for a construction shed design concept to be used at NYC construction sites. Up to four winners will share a $10,000 prize.

You can see more information about the competition, schedule and review committee here: http://www.buildingcongress.com/foundation/construction-shed.html