OPEN is a 501(c)(3) organization launched in November 2017. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the communities in which ODA operates, by giving local non-profits the resources they need to develop projects that unite, engage, and empower residents of diverse backgrounds. We do this by offering an annual grant program and by funding specific projects.
OPEN enthusiastically supports ventures in the following four categories: Community Green Space, Media & Technology, Design & Architecture, and Public Art.
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.