Client: Center for Court Innovation
Location: Syracuse, New York
Team: Ashley McGraw, UPSTATE, Near Westside Initiative
Status: In development 2014 to present
The Near Westside Peacemaking Project represents a real and sustainable solution to violence and conflict in the community. To implement this project, the Center for Court Innovation is pursuing a holistic approach that prioritizes robust community engagement and good design. As the Center’s primary design partner in this project, we led the community-driven design process in collaboration with UPSTATE and Ashley McGraw Architects. The process includes community design workshops and other opportunities to gain valuable community input into the design and functionality of the Peacemaking Center. The final goal of this portion of the project is the adaptive reuse of a vacant building at the heart of the neighborhood that will enable the NWSPP to serve the community and support positive outcomes for those participating in the peacemaking process.
The Near Westside Peacemaking Project will be the first program in the country to implement both a peacemaking program and a purpose-built space for its use. This project represents a paradigm shift in how we address crime and disorder in our communities and the role that architects and designers play in creating holistic and sustainable prototypes for social change.