Brick & Story is an urban-based consultancy practice focused on telling the stories of the built environment in creative and authentic ways. Our goal is to build bridges, tear down walls, and strengthen lines of trust and communication between all players in the built environment - even between those who may typically be in conflict.
Brick & Story specializes in 4 key practice areas:
Engagement Strategy and Implementation
Written and Visual Communication Strategy
Planning and Project Management
Creative Storytelling Services
Our clients include for- and non-profit developers, architects, government agencies, and neighborhood organizations who are committed to approaching development and community-building in a more inclusive, meaningful way. The team at Brick & Story uniquely combines expertise in urban planning and policy with a dynamic ability to communicate and convey the strategic vision of its clients and foster dialogues of exchange that ultimately yield better developments and stronger communities.
Our Current Projects
Community Network Building | New Communities Initiative, DC Deputy Mayor For Planning and Economic Development
Brick & Story is working in partnership with Trusted Space Partners as part of larger consultant team deployed to provide community network building, public policy, and public relations services to the New Communities Initiative, a targeted redevelopment effort to transform 4 public housing communities into mixed-income communities while providing one-for-one replacement of every public housing unit. Community network building efforts have included the design, facilitation, and implementation of small and large neighborhood-based gatherings between public housing residents and neighbors in the larger community to help foster spaces of trust and break down existing racial and economic barriers.
Resident Engagement through Brand Storytelling | Montgomery Housing Partnership
Brick & Story provided strategic outreach services for the Montgomery Housing Partnership in their efforts to tell the story of their organization and brand to residents of an apartment community they were looking to acquire. Our team facilitated several dialogue opportunities between the residents and the Client, including a “Meet MHP” breakfast event at the apartment community and a bus tour to interested residents of MHP properties, which included the opportunity to see units and ask questions of MHP residents and staff.
Development Application Services | Manna, Inc.
Brick & Story assisted Manna, Inc. with the preparation of a development proposal response for a government-owned parcel that was being publicly bid. Our services included preparation of the narrative response, participating in team meetings and coordination as needed with the architect and owner representatives, community outreach to the local community representative to request support, and management of the online application platform.
Web-based Project Information | Tool Development | Victory Housing
Brick & Story created an online project information tool for Victory Housing’s Spring Flats project. The tool was created using the ESRI ArcGIS Story Mapping Cascade tool.
Engagement Strategy & Campaign Development | Victory Housing
Brick & Story designed an engagement effort for Victory Housing’s Spring Flats project. Utilizing a grassroots door-knocking strategy, Brick & Story was able to relay pertinent project information to impacted residents and solicit letters of support for the project's zoning application.