Marissa Hayden and Autumn Bender

Rendered view of Streetwise.

Rendered view of Streetwise

Undergraduate Student Project


During non-school hours, 1 in 5 NYC children are left unattended due to undesirable living conditions or the effect of parents or guardians' long working hours. In the housing design studio of Fall 2019, I, Marissa Hayden, worked with Autumn Bender under the advice of associate professor Omar Khan to address this issue. Our proposal, Streetwise, tied for first place in the senior housing design competition. We worked through the fall semester to design a mixed-use cooperative that offers a safe space for children growing up in the neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens.


Streetwise seeks to create a safer environment for children in urban areas by offering free recreational programs to the public, shifting children off the streets. The programs are available through a co-op system; educators of all kinds are incentivized to live and teach, utilizing undermined skills and giving back to the community. By enforcing a co-op system, there is an incentive for these educators to live in this building and give back to the community. Financially, the programs will be implemented from the revenue of commercial spaces (retail, restaurant) and from the service of the residents. To the educators who run a program, their rent will be deducted accordingly.

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