Via Verde – a really green approach to low cost housing in South Bronx

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Shared space at the entrance to the site
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Orchards on one of the roofs
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Trees on the top terrace
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Shared growing space
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Allotments
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Communal composting bins
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Sedum roof
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View from the community room at the top of the development
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View showing the orchards, allotments and the neighbouring green roofs

Via Verde is a new housing development designed by Dattner Architects and London-based Grimshaw. It was the winning entry to a New Housing New York Legacy Competition. The 1.5 acre site in the South Bronx is located in the Melrose neighbourhood.

The mixed-use project provides 151 rental apartments affordable to low-income households and 71 co-ops affordable to middle-income households. What makes this a very special project is the way in which each level of the development is stepped back to reveal allotments or a garden or a small orchard. this can very reasonably be called a healthy building in what used to be known as a very unhealthy neighbourhood.

Published by Paul Lincoln

Printmaker, City of London Guide and commissioning editor Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute.

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