BROADWAY: 1000 Steps/ wEST HARLEM/ +SPACE/epik
+SPACE/EPIK (Emergency Preparedness and Information Kiosk) grew out of a November 2014 CALL/WORKSHOP with community members at SoHarlem. Arising from the workshop, it was evident the one of the community's biggest concerns was being prepared for emergency situations, like they experienced during hurricane Sandy. Its core concept was inspired by WE ACT’s Northern Manhattan Climate Plan published in 2015. After years of growing social inequality in the city and no clear plan for addressing the mounting climate crisis, residents of Northern Manhattan, in partnership with WE ACT for Environmental Justice, have created their own plan to confront the impacts of climate change by addressing long-standing disparities in political and economic power.
Elliott Maltby is a founding partner of thread collective and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program at Pratt Institute. thread collective is an multi-disciplinary design studio that explores the seams between building, art, and landscape, stitching the diverse elements of the built environment to their ecological and social context. Elliott has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. She believes that art and design can improve the sustainability and vitality of urban public space; she is particularly interested in how communities can transform and take ownership of overlooked and peripheral sites throughout New York City. Her current work includes lowlands, a research and design proposal looking at improving the social and ecological performance of the Red Hook House's open space through green infrastructure. A lowlands built project, she designed the first farm on NYCHA property, and is working on another in Brownsville. Additionally, she has been an active board member of iLAND [interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance] since 2009. With founder Jennifer Monson, she has been developing an innovative platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration to research New York City's urban ecology. Other collaborators include research scientists from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health Dr. Patrick Kinney, Diana Hernández, PhD, Gina S. Lovasi PhD, as well as Columbia Earth Institute’s Dan Bader, PhD.