Community, Advocacy, Social Catalyst
Working with the community, BRAZENarchitecture connects local citizenry with its city through community outreach events, canvassing projects, workshops, and community research and guidance. BRAZEN also serves the unhoused and underprivileged populations, developing processes for neighborhood improvements through advocacy and outreach efforts.
BRAZEN’s previous office was adjacent to Meadows Village Neighborhood, aka Naked City, located in the shadow of the Stratosphere. The neighborhood dates to the 1930’s and became popular in the 50’s for low-cost Strip employee apartments. In the 1970's, the neighborhood began to decline as drugs, prostitution, and other crime took over. Now, low-income families and elderly call it home. Along with the City of Las Vegas Office of Planning & Zoning and the Office of Community Services, Stupak Community Center, and Casa de Luz, BRAZEN is committed to helping our neighbors improve their own neighborhood by developing processes for improvement without causing negative gentrification, all based upon the needs and wants of the PEOPLE who live there.
Through BRAZEN's continued collaborations with Casa de Luz, the team developed a series of workshops that allowed us to teach, and learn from, Meadows Village Neighborhood kids. In 2020, BRAZEN developed an 8-week summer program under the guise of a Neighborhood Kids Design Workshop. The workshops were designed to engage kids and teach them about their community and City through reading, writing, drawing, creating, and building their own neighborhoods. Ultimately the workshops expanded the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.