New Projects! Designers Wanted!

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COGdesign is beginning several new projects this fall, and we want designers! Please apply by Friday, November 4.

Uphams Corner (13 Everett Avenue)

Uphams Corner lot
Uphams Corner lot

Jones Hill residents have cleaned and maintained this nearly empty lot at 13 Everett Avenue, Dorchester for several years. The Jones Hill Association, a residents’ group, has consulted with the Boston Urban Food Forest Coalition about developing it as a community gathering spot and urban food forest. Instead of a traditional community garden divided into individual plots, the lot would feature plantings of fruit, berries, and nuts available in season to whomever wanted them. The Association is talking with YouthBuild Boston about working together on ongoing maintenance needs.

Site

A city house lot with many large trees including Norway and sycamore maples. A large intact period garage at the rear of the site could serve as a meeting or storage space.

Designers wanted 

Two pro-bono designers wanted. Open to beginning/recent graduate designers and LAs as well as experienced designers and LAs.

How to apply

Send an email with a brief statement of interest, a copy or link to your cv and portfolio, and the names of two references to info@cogdesign.org by Friday, November 4.

Frederick Pilot Middle School  

frederick_overviewThe Frederick School, located at 270 Columbia Road, Dorchester, serves 575 bright, lively, talented and curious learners, 100% of whom are students of color. More than 94% of students’ families live below the poverty level and 48% are immigrant families.

The landscape at the entrance to the building is worn and neglected, and does not reflect the pride and joy the students, staff, and community have in the school. The goal of this project is to beautify exterior of the building so that students and families will feel valued and students and teachers enter via a warm, welcoming environment every day.

Site

Landscape and planting beds surrounding a paved entrance yard.  

Designers wanted

Two pro-bono designers wanted. Open to beginning/recent graduate designers and LAs as well as experienced designers and LAs.

How to apply

Send an email with a brief statement of interest, a copy or link to your cv and portfolio, and the names of two references to info@cogdesign.org by Friday, November 4.

Codman Health Center

Great Hall / Codman Health Center yard
Great Hall / Codman Health Center yard

This city-owned site at 6 Norfolk St. Dorchester is adjacent to the Great Hall, a city-owned building which houses the Codman Square Health Center and a large community meeting room serving primarily low-income community of people of color. The Health Center serves 30,000 patients yearly. The site also sits across the street from the entrance to the upper grades of Codman Academy Charter Public School.

The client, Codman Academy Charter School, wishes to beautify this parcel to welcome the community and show pride of place.

Designers wanted

Two pro-bono designers wanted. Open to beginning/recent graduate designers and LAs as well as experienced designers and LAs.

How to apply

Send an email with a brief statement of interest, a copy or link to your cv and portfolio, and the names of two references to info@cogdesign.org by Friday, November 4.

 

Egleston Square Branch Library

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The Egleston Square Branch Library serves a diverse population in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury; about half the population is white and the other half is people of color, mostly African American and Latino. Over 1/3 of the households speak Spanish, and nearly half the population earns under $50,000 per year, with over 30% classified as very low income (<$25,000).
The library’s grounds were originally designed by the Olmsted Associates, but the site is now largely empty and underused. In the past few years the Friends of the Egleston Branch Library  have invested in 2 small raised beds for educational plantings under the aegis of The Food Project and have filled planters in the front with flowers and indigenous food plants. The Friends are ready to engage in a community planning process to design the front and large “backyard” of the library so that it provides outdoor passive and active learning and community building opportunities.

Designers wanted

Two pro-bono designers wanted. Open to beginning/recent graduate designers and LAs as well as experienced designers and LAs.

How to apply

Send an email with a brief statement of interest, a copy or link to your cv and portfolio, and the names of two references to info@cogdesign.org by Friday, November 4.