Designing Via Verde

The Via Verde design by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects was the winning response to the New Housing New York Legacy Competition, sponsored by HPD, the NY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, and the Enterprise Foundation. Launched in 2007 by then-HPD Commissioner Shaun Donavan, this was New York City’s first juried design competition for affordable and sustainable housing. Its aim was to promote affordable, sustainable mixed-income housing by using innovative design on a site that had proved difficult to develop. Via Verde represents the City’s latest achievement in its continuing efforts to rebuild the South Bronx.

“Via Verde is a model for what affordable housing ought to be—a platform for opportunity, a source of stability, a building block with which we forge neighborhoods, put down roots, and build the communities that are the engines of our nation’s economic growth,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at Via Verde’s 2012 ribbon cutting celebration.