Alafia is the recipient of a Merit Award in Community Impact from the American Society of Landscape Architects – New York (ASLA-NY) chapter. The Community Impact award recognizes built and unbuilt projects focused on landscape architecture in underserved communities or impacting disadvantaged populations.
Situated on a 28-acre site at the edge of New York City, Alafia is an ambitious master plan that transforms a decommissioned state psychiatric hospital into a new wellness-oriented resilient urban development designed to address the chronic social, economic, and health disparities in a historically underserved area. Once completed, Alafia will bring over 2,400 affordable apartments to the neighborhood, including units for the formerly homeless, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and seniors. This is the result of community engagement and the collaborative efforts of a public-private-nonprofit partnership.
This year’s ASLA-NY Design Award winners will be recognized during a ceremony on April 19 as well as on display at the Center for Architecture through the month of April in celebration of World Landscape Architecture month.