Welcome

The mission of the Collective for Community, Culture and Environment is to further economic, social, environmental justice and sustainability by helping communities shape decisions that affect their lives, through planning, design and research.

About Us

The Collective for Community, Culture and Environment, LLC (CCCE) is a women-owned and led planning, architecture, and urban design practice and interdisciplinary professional network based in New York City, with projects throughout the tri-state region. We work with clients and partners that share our mission of developing a sustainable and equitable world.

The Collective, a non-hierarchical professional organization, has 19 Members and 11 Affiliates. We are a certified NYC Minority/Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

 

Featured News

The Collective for Community, Culture and Environment (CCCE) was recently retained to develop a “Model Open Street” that features quiet, green open spaces for pedestrians, and significantly reduces vehicular traffic, noise, and pollution.

A community-based vision and design for this garden-like street will be developed for West 22nd street between 7th and 8th Avenues – a block that is already part of NYC DOT’s Open Street program.

CCCE is excited to develop attractive, safe, and climate-resilient urban design features that could be replicated in other parts of New York City.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project!

 

What we do

CCCE works on planning, architecture, and research projects that further economic resilience, cultural diversity, public health, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

We conduct research, interpret policy, analyze conditions and opportunities, and provide cutting-edge designs. We support and facilitate partnerships, design, and convene participatory processes, enabling effective civic engagement in complex government procedures and implementation of new visions, programs, and plans.

Our inclusive approach engages a broad spectrum of stakeholders including residents, community organizations, and businesses, and builds their capacity to shape decisions that impact daily life, the environment, and climate.

Services

  • Land-Use and Zoning Policy Development
  • Environmental, Health, Food System, and Preservation Planning
  • Neighborhood Planning and Community Development
  • Affordable Housing Policy
  • Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Placemaking, and Public Art
  • Architecture, Interior Design and Space Planning
  • Financial and Real-Estate Feasibility Studies
  • Energy, Efficiency, and Resilience
  • Economic and Workforce Development

Initiatives

  • Caregiver Affordable Housing for a Resilient Economy (CAHRE) Infrastructure: A new affordable housing model for health care workers and their families; a pilot project is currently planned in the Bronx
  • Anti-Displacement Research (NYC and International) - CCCE multi-year research initiative
  • Land Use Policy and Budget Research Project (NYC) - CCCE research initiative
  • Parametric Urban Design and Real-Estate Analysis tool: WE_GENERATE (beta) - funded by the NYS Health Foundation and the Taconic Foundation/Pratt Center (with GOLES)
  • CCCE Workshops, Courses and Public Programs - by CCCE

Clients

  • Bronx Community Board 7
  • Chinatown Working Group (CWG)
  • CAAAV+GOLES+TUFF-LES+Manhattan Community Board 3
  • City of Stamford, CT, Land Use Bureau
  • East New York Coalition for Community Advancement
  • Good Old Lower East Side, Inc. (GOLES)
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
  • Prospect Park East Network (PPEN)/Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association (PLGNA)
  • Seward Park Conservancy
  • UPROSE and the Protect Our Working Waterfront Alliance
  • Village of Ossining
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Congress of Neighborhood Women
  • NYCHA Tenant Assoc's (Johnson, Clay Avenue, Cooper Park, Ravenswood)
  • New York Health Foundation

Projects

CCCE works with community groups, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and private firms on comprehensive planning, architectural design, stakeholder engagement, and community development efforts. We provide customized teams with the requisite skill set for specific projects and draw upon the deep expertise of the broader Collective for additional input. We are a certified WBE Enterprise.

Selected Projects

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Image The Plan for Chinatown and Surrounding Areas: Preserving Affordability and Authenticity

The Plan for Chinatown and Surrounding Areas: Preserving Affordability and Authenticity

Urban Planning, Workshops, Sustainable Design, Advocacy Initiatives, Comprehensive Plan

The “Plan for Chinatown and Surrounding Areas: Preserving Affordability and Authenticity” was a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort built upon meetings, interviews, surveys, and consultation with many of the 51 member organizations of the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) in Lower Manhattan. The CWG plan set the basis for a rezoning of the area in order to stabilize and increase the amount of affordable housing in Chinatown and the Lower East Side while preserving and creating more small business and cultural opportunities.

Image Bronx CD7 – Land Use and Zoning Study

Bronx CD7 – Land Use and Zoning Study

Urban Planning, Workshops

The Collective conducted a study to assess land use and zoning patterns and developed a long-term vision for parts of Bedford Park and Kingsbridge Heights, in the Bronx with community input, resulting in recommendations to Community Board 7.

Image Ravenswood Queens Community Land Trust Visioning Workshops

Ravenswood Queens Community Land Trust Visioning Workshops

Urban Planning, Workshops, Community Land Trust

The Collective, together with the NYCHA Ravenswood Residents Association, and other Western Queens partners, collaborated on two community workshops designed to kick-start a visioning process for a new building on a site near the Ravenswood Houses.

CCCE conducted historic research, developed site and zoning analyses, and designed, co-led, and evaluated the workshops.

Image Ossining N.Y. Housing Vacancy Study

Ossining N.Y. Housing Vacancy Study

Urban Planning, Affordable Housing

The Village of Ossining selected CCCE to conduct a Housing Vacancy Study to determine the vacancy rate in buildings with at least six dwelling units that were completed prior to January 1, 1974. Pursuant to the New York State Emergency Tenant Protection Act, if there is less than a 5% vacancy rate in such buildings, a housing emergency can be declared and rent regulations can be imposed.

 

Image Community Visioning for Edgemere Queens

Community Visioning for Edgemere Queens

Urban Planning, Workshops, Urban Design, Waterfront Resilience

Through focused organizing and strategic support, CCCE and Rockaway nonprofit partner RISE worked on a project led by Edgemere community members to articulate and advocate their own response and build a consensus around a vision for socially and ecologically beneficial use of undeveloped, flood-prone city-owned vacant land.

Image National Congress of Neighborhood Women

National Congress of Neighborhood Women

Workshops, Planning, Real-Estate Feasibility Study

CCCE was engaged to assist the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, a long-term non-profit women’s organization based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to articulate its vision for the future and the use of the building they own at 249 Manhattan Avenue. More specifically, this effort included several meetings with the group to explore the thoughts of the NCNW Board members and key stakeholders on directions for the future of the organization and the possible uses of their building. To facilitate decision-making about the building, CCCE prepared a zoning analysis and a preliminary building analysis that proposed design layouts/massing based on what the zoning would permit, and the group’s programmatic directions identified in the initial conversations.  A report summarizing the findings and preliminary design options was submitted to the group and was discussed by CCCE and the Board and stakeholders in early 2021. The report’s recommendations also served as the basis of subsequent meetings on next steps held by NCNW.

People

Member

Eve Baron

Eve Baron

Urban Planner

Patricia Barrera

Patricia Barrera

Land Use and Affordable Housing

Leslie F. Boden

Leslie F. Boden

Community Health Planning and Program Development

Wendy Brawer

Wendy Brawer

Sustainable Design, Mapping and Communications

Meta Brunzema

Meta Brunzema

Architecture and Urban Design

Paula Luria Caplan

Paula Luria Caplan

Urban Planning

Jocelyne Chait

Jocelyne Chait

Community Planning

Devyani Guha

Devyani Guha

Community Planning and Development

Jill Hamberg

Jill Hamberg

Urban Planning, Research and Policy

Eva Hanhardt

Eva Hanhardt

Community and Environmental Planning

Zehra Kuz

Zehra Kuz

Architecture and Environmental Design

Mercedes Narciso

Mercedes Narciso

Architecture and Urban Planning

Jina Porter

Jina Porter

Urban Planning

Beth B. Rosenthal

Beth B. Rosenthal

Community, Organizational and Collaboration Development

Peg Seip

Peg Seip

Community Planning and Development

Yvette Shiffmann

Yvette Shiffmann

Affordable Housing and Community Development

Evren Uzer

Evren Uzer

Community Engagement and Community Planning and Design

Laura Wolf-Powers

Laura Wolf-Powers

Planning and Economic Development

Ayse Yonder

Ayse Yonder

Community Development and Disaster/Resiliency Planning

Affiliates

Amelia Amon

Amelia Amon

Solar Design and Energy

Beth Bingham

Beth Bingham

Planning and Historic Preservation

Caitlin Cahill

Caitlin Cahill

Community Participation and Environmental Psychology

Linda Cohen

Linda Cohen

Community Organizer

Ana Fisyak

Ana Fisyak

Community Planning and Offshore Wind

Wendy Fleischer

Wendy Fleischer

Energy Urban Planning and Environmental Justice

Ellen Pollan

Ellen Pollan

Non-Profit Arts

Ethel Sheffer

Ethel Sheffer

Urban Planning

Martha Sickles

Martha Sickles

Urban Planning and Energy

Jaime Stein

Jaime Stein

Urban Planning and Environmental Sustainability

Patricia Voltolini

Patricia Voltolini

Urban Planning and Economic Development

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