OPEN is a 501(c)(3) organization launched in November, 2017. Our goal is to make a positive impact in the communities in which we operate by giving local non-profits the resources they need to develop projects that unite, engage, and empower residents of diverse backgrounds. We support projects in the following four categories: Community Green Space, Media & Technology, Design & Architecture, and Public Art. One project out of each category will be awarded between $10,000 - $25,000 each, providing a grand total of $100,000 in funding. All completed projects must be made free and accessible to the public so that we may serve more people and help build lasting relationships.
Founded in 2007, ODA is a New York-based architecture and design firm. We believe that quality of life need not be compromised for the privilege of residing in NYC and strive to keep people first in our design process. We focus on finding the best practices for developing a new paradigm: a model that can translate the desirable qualities of small-scale housing formulas - which encourages social participation and maintains a sense of community - into the framework of vertical living. By exploding the traditional concepts of a city block, we create voids, gaps, and open spaces that can be shared by the community.