Leroy Street Studio works with students to design a facade for affordable housing in the Lower East Side

Approaching 302 East 2nd Street from the west, the facade appears as a palette of stucco and aluminum panels. Crossing in front of the building and viewing it from the east reveals that the folded aluminum protrusions on the panels are yellow, which draws the eye’s attention up the facade. Metal mesh abstractions break the geometric array of each panel—their logic is the result of collaborative design process between architects and students.

Located on a former vacant lot, East Village Homes, designed by Leroy Street Studio and developed by the nonprofit Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), is a 100 percent affordable housing building. Rising 14 floors, the

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