Community and Social Justice & Equity
FNA has worked on multiple projects in support of Street Vendor Project and their vendor members. We worked on a social justice and exemplary commissary with a shared kitchen and training center. we are collaborating on a project with women street vendors envisioning a cooperatively run and training program at popup vending spaces within the busy MTA 74th and Roosevelt Hub. As a Taconic Fellow via the Pratt Center we have been working side-by-side with Street Vendor Project for green street carts. We have designed a prototype Public Safe Vending Space led by street vendor Dondi McKellar in the Bronx.
We collaborate and support artists in the community such as a Menopause Pop-up series of events and a Dance Troupe retreat. We have helped nonprofits to develop their programs and create welcoming spaces for cultural event spaces. Research into live/work for the workforce, as fellows for the Institute for Public Architecture, included a series of forwarding-thinking measures for city resiliency such as micro hubs of renewable energy for the community. Currently, our initiatives have expanded to collaborating on design for impact investment in the Lac Rose region of Senegal and other projects.