Designers wanted: FOUR new COG projects!

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COGdesign seeks designers for four new projects.

Designers Needed: Quincy Housing Authority QuincyRotary

Background
View of Germantown rotary / QHA
View of Germantown rotary / QHA
The Quincy Housing Authority operates more than 580 units of low-income family public housing  in Quincy’s Germantown neighborhood, most built shortly after WW2 to house veterans. About 44% of the Quincy Housing Authority’s units are occupied by residents of East Asian descent.
Design Project
The Quincy Housing Authority seeks to redesign the rotary at Palmer Street that serves as the entrance to Germantown developments. The site has more than 20 newly-planted trees and a distinctive “lighthouse” at its center.
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Beach at Germantown / QHA

The goal is to make the site more aesthetically pleasing, a beautiful place that can make

residents feel proud. The Authority’s properties have been refurbished in recent years, and the Germantown area is surrounded on three sides by water.
How to Apply
COGdesign is seeking a team of two volunteer landscape designers to work on this project, including one recent graduate or entry-level designer.
Send your resume and a brief statement of interest by Friday, February 26 to Meg Muckenhoupt, Executive Director, COGdesign, at info@cogdesign.org.

Dorchester Teaching GardenDorchesterGarden

View of Site from Greenbriar Street / Eric Mitchell
View of Site from Greenbriar Street / Eric Mitchell
Background
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)’s Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center is developing an adjoining plot of land as an outdoor classroom and gardening space for families who come to the Center.
ABCD serves many of Boston’s neediest children and families; 100% of ABCD’s clientele are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level, 44% of households subsist on an income of less than $10,000 per year. The Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center provides many services for adults and children including a Youth Academy with after-school, school break, and summer sessions for children ages 6-12, and a summer work program for youth ages 14-21.
Design Project
ABCD has permission from the city of Boston to use a shaded, sloping house lot at 109 Greenbrier Street, Dorchester for gardens and education. The client expects to be able to get city assistance for possible tree removal form the site. The client hopes to have access to the gardens from the Service Center parking lot (110 Calybourne Street) at the rear of the site.
How to Apply
COGdesign is seeking a team of two volunteer landscape designers to work on this project, including one recent graduate or entry-level designer.
Send your resume and a brief statement of interest by Friday, February 19 to Meg Muckenhoupt, Executive Director, COGdesign, at info@cogdesign.org.

Peabody Square PlazasPeabodyPlaza

Background
Plaza at Talbot Avenue / Meg Muckenhoupt
Plaza at Talbot Avenue / Meg Muckenhoupt

Saint Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) seeks to renovate two plazas in Peabody Square to make them more inviting, safe, fun, beautiful, and educational.

SMAMS is a non-profit that brings together local businesses, residents, neighborhood organizations and community partners to strengthen the St. Mark’s Area business district and the entire community. SMAMS serves a diverse local community; 37% of residents identify as African-American, 35% White, 14% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 14% Mixed race/Other. The SMAMS district is centered on two nodes: St. Mark’s Village and Peabody Square.
Design Project
Peabody Square Plaza / Meg Muckenhoupt
Peabody Square Plaza / Meg Muckenhoupt

The client has funding to renovate two plazas: at Peabody Square (corner of Ashmont Street and Dorchester Avenue), and across the street at the corner of Talbot Street and Dorchester Avenue. The Peabody Square plaza features a rain garden, porous pavers and an historic clock; the Talbot side has trees, planting beds, and small lawns.

SMAMS seeks to
  • Improve the visibility and perception of the Main Streets district
  • Enhance public spaces to promote social interactions, and
  • Increase awareness of local history, culture, and environmental features
COGdesign created a Streetscape Guide for SMAMS in January, 2015, which thedesigners will use to guide this work. The client would like to see this project finished by early summer.
How to Apply
COGdesign is seeking a team of two volunteer landscape designers to work on this project, including one recent graduate or entry-level designer.
Send your resume and a brief statement of interest by Friday, February 19 to Meg Muckenhoupt, Executive Director, COGdesign, at info@cogdesign.org.

Designers Needed: New Bedford Abolitionist ParkNewBedford

Site of future Abolitionist Row Park / City of New Bedford
Site of future Abolitionist Row Park / City of New Bedford
Background
The New Bedford Historical Society seeks to create Abolitionist Row park, a pocket park to tell the story of the Abolitionists who lived in the Seventh Street neighborhood. The lot has been vacant since 2009 when a fire destroyed two homes there.
A three-block area in the neighborhood contains 19 historic homes of Black and White Abolitionists. The site lies across the street from the Society of Friends Meeting House (built 1824) and the Nathan and Mary Johnson House (1830), a site on the Underground Railroad. The Johnson house was also the first free home for Frederick Douglass and his wife, Anna, after they had escaped slavery in 1838.
The neighborhood is multi-cultural and home to Cape Verdeans, African-Americans, and Whites.
Design Project
The Historical Society seeks to build a pocket park on two empty, level, adjoining house lots to tell the story of the abolitionists. At the close of this project, the park will be owned and maintained by the City of New Bedford.
How to Apply
COGdesign is seeking a team of two volunteer landscape designers to work on this project, including one recent graduate or entry-level designer.
Send your resume and a brief statement of interest by Friday, February 19 to Meg Muckenhoupt, Executive Director, COGdesign, at info@cogdesign.org.