Project name: Justice in Design
Project location: New York City
Firm name: NADAAA
Jury comments: This project takes on the challenge of reinventing jail facilities and detention centers. A multidisciplinary team of architects, planners, social and environmental psychologists, and incarceration reform advocates contributed to this project. Designed as a replacement for Rikers Island, this project would be located in each of the five boroughs of New York City.
The goal of the study was to find ways to dignify and humanize the experience for everyone involved in the Department of Corrections. With respect to the visitor experience, the study defined the following goals:
Rather than creating a centralized jail or detention center in each borough, services for the detainees are decentralized.
The jury wondered how this conceptual shift in the correction system could be implemented. The political challenges of implementing change of this magnitude within the current fabric of the city will be a difficult process to move forward. People living and working close to the proposed facilities will likely push hard against such development.