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TO: Yale School of Architecture Community and followers of @yalebuildingproject2020
FROM: 2020 Jim Vlock First Year Building Project
DATE: 7/1/2020
SUBJECT: Jim Vlock First Year Building Project [SUMMER UPDATE] #ysoabp2020 #ysoa

Over the Spring Semester, the first year M. Arch I students designed and developed full working drawings for a two‐unit house for Columbus House, on a site in Newhallville. 

However, the pandemic has prevented the students the opportunity to construct the house as originally planned, due to safety reasons related to Covid-19.  

Over its 55-year history, the form and method of the Jim Vlock First Year Building Project has been adapted and re-adapted to its circumstances. 

In light of Covid-19’s disproportionate impact on marginalized and racialized communities and the long shadow of police violence and systemic racism that has fallen again over the country, we, the students, have proposed a new set of adaptations of the Jim Vlock Building Project to meet the urgency of this moment head-on. 

We students will instead work on 9 different socially-engaged projects within the smaller Newhallville and greater New Haven communities. 

The work will officially begin July 6, 2020 and we look forward to posting updates here throughout the summer! Meanwhile, the student-designed house will be built over the summer by faculty members and a small set of subcontractors. 

In an attempt to bring the site work to the students (and you), the process and the house’s progress will continue to be documented and shared through this account’s stories.  

Thank you to all who continue to support and make the Jim Vlock First Year Building Project possible. We look forward to acknowledging your generosity. 

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. 

With Love,
BP 2020