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rise Inaugurates "rise in the city" in New York City on October 25

The non-profit is hosting an art-filled fundraiser, auctioning 100 works of art by architects, designers, and artists for the organization's inaugural project: expanding and upgrading an overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.

September 28, 2017

A good reason to be in New York City on October 25! The non-profit Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise (rise) is hosting “rise in the city” The unique event is a fundraiser for the organization’s inaugural project “in loco,” an architectural design-build training program that includes the refurbishment and upgrading of the orphanage God’s Love Center in Lesotho, Africa.


For the event, rise split Manhattan into 100 “virtual blocks” and invited 100 architects, designers, and artists from more than 15 states and 11 countries to create pieces of art representing their sponsored block. Note: a few blocks still need sponsors! To be a part of the meaningful fun, contact Daniela Gusman, rise’s co-founder and executive director:  


ArchNewsNow is delighted to serve as a media sponsor. And we are pleased to be able to offer ANN readers a 10% discount on tickets ($135 instead of $150 per ticket; $1,080 instead of $1,200 for a table of 10) using the code ARCHNEWS2017 – or, better yet, click here for ticket order form with discount already included!


All artworks will be on view on October 25 at the landmarked (and awesome!) Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts (the oldest surviving synagogue building in New York City, designed by Berlin-based Alexander Saeltzer, 1849).


The evening will include a live auction of the top 10 pieces; the others will be auctioned online (we will update with link when the auction page goes live). 100% of the proceeds will go to the Lesotho project to cover construction costs for a dormitory and a study area at the currently overcrowded orphanage; it was designed to accommodate 20 children, but now has 54 children with two to three kids sharing a mattress. The project will also provide much needed entrepreneurship training to local unemployed youth.


The top 10 pieces will be selected by a most noteworthy jury that includes Michael Sorkin, Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform; Laura Starr, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners; Jack Travis Architect; Suzanne Mecs, AIA New York Chapter; and Oliver Needs, BOND Events.


Daniela Gusman teamed up with Oliver Needs, president of BOND Events, to found rise in 2016. BOND’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program underwrites rise’s operational costs so that rise can be a self-funding organization.



A partial list of firms contributing art:

Architecture in Formation


Audrey Matlock Architect

Boka Powell

Budi Pradono Architects

David Ling Architect

DLR Group



Grimshaw Architects

HLW International

IA Interior Architects

Perkins+ Will

Rogers Partners

Studio O+A


A partial list of participating Block Sponsors:

Architectural Grille

Cerami & Assoc

Classic Woodwork

Clark Construction











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Artworks by 100 architects and artists will interpret Manhattan blocks. A few blocks still need sponsros; contact Daniela Gusman at

Angel Orensanz Foundation

The stunning Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts in Manhattan is the venue for "rise in the city."