cultivating community with shared gardens
Clinton Hill Coops is a 12-building cooperative housing community on two campuses in Brooklyn’s historic Clinton Hill neighborhood. Originally built in the 1940s as housing for Navy Yard workers, the complex was designed as a series of towers set back from the sidewalk within a park-like landscape. In the intervening years, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers have been removed. The landscape is characterized by large areas of underperforming turf and a high canopy of shade trees. Security fences added during a long period of neighborhood disinvestment now dominate the campuses.
RAFT is developing a vision to guide upcoming reinvestments in the campuses. Landscape goals include planting the next generation of canopy trees and reestablishing layered plantings that will provide visual and auditory screening, mark seasonal change, stimulate habitat value, and soften the impact of the large towers. RAFT created a blog to engage residents in the process--from design through construction.