social housing . urban rehabilitation . urban informality . reconstruction + resilience . community development
We aim to create dynamic urban fabrics that engage with the life of neighborhoods, their surroundings and the environment.
We bring innovative solutions to create productive, sustainable and resilient spaces and communities.
Seeking to bridge policy and practice, we also advise on housing and urban policies.
We work as developers, partnering with landowners of difficult or stigmatized sites, seeking to transform these spaces in innovative and productive ways.
We support clients through TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICES, as well as through the DESIGN + PLANNING components of projects.
We work across the multiple phases of a project and have a particular knack for:
LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
RESILIENCE + NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS
ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS+ CONSTRUCTION
We focus on the development of an approach and programs that can enable long-term self-sustainable and productive communities, and urban assets.
Allowing PEOPLE to be at the center of our approach, we can create successful projects and a strong sense of local appropriation and place-making.
Addressing climate change, we bring a landscape-driven approach to planning and design incorporating nature based solutions and locally appropriate interventions that allow innovation as well as replicability.
Exploring and learning with alternative materials and construction techniques, such as bamboo and earth. We do this primarily through our non-profit BUILDING LOCAL].
urbanSEED stands for Urban, Social, Environmental and Economic Development.
We are a cross-disciplinary design and planning action tank seeking to enact positive change through architecture, urban design/planning and development.
What we do? We call it Urban Stitching. Focusing on an integrated approach and strong participatory processes, our projects seeks to enhance sustainable urban development and create more inclusion, equity and resilient city making.
Our integrated approach in design, planning, and development, and strong participatory processes allow our projects to respond to context and the specificities of each place, while bringing innovation and fostering strong community engagement and ownership.
We work with different types of programs and projects focused on social housing (including housing reconstruction), urban rehabilitation, urban informality, community development and placemaking. We work across the multiple phases of a project, from strategy and programming to participatory approaches and design, to urban policy work, always striving to work collaboratively with clients and to enhance capacity building when/where possible.
Currently, with urbanSEED's base in Washington DC, we are also involved in reintegrating and reactivating the city's alleyways and alley lots through our initiative RE-act DC.