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Roosevelt Island Study 

A research study analysing urban identity and the relationship between people and places in changing urban context.


Roosevelt Island is a 2.5-mile long, 147-acre sliver of land in the middle of the East River between Midtown Manhattan and Queens.

Originally intended as a mixed-income, car-free community planned around one main road and promenades utilizing the picturesque river and skyline views, until recently functioned as a bedroom community, providing accommodation for those work on the East Side.


Photograph by Max Touhey

The Island is undergoing a rapid transformation from suburban 'bedroom feel', with a high level of deprivation, through to thriving community today to become a 'tech' island monopolized by big tech companies, providing new employment and contributing significantly to the economy of NYC in the near future. 

We conducted a number of interviews with residents to better understand how peoples' everyday experiences are shaped by the built environment and how regeneration affects communities; the social fabric and wellbeing of the area.

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