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Prof’s mugging cancels neighborhood architecture project

The foundation was already in. But after an 83-year-old professor was assaulted at the building site, Yale architecture students and faculty have canceled plans to build an affordable home in New Haven's Newhallville neighborhood, the New Haven Independent reports.

They hope to build the house in a different neighborhood.

Since 1989, School of Architecture students have designed and built a home each year for first-time New Haven homebuyers. This year, they chose a small vacant lot on Lilac Street, about a mile and a half north of Sterling Memorial Library and five blocks from Science Park, where an increasing number of Yale facilities and support staff work.

But on the morning of May 9, architecture professor Paul Brouard ’61MArch showed up to do excavation work—yes, excavation work at age 83—and was assaulted from behind by someone who stole his wallet and left him lying on the ground, going "in and out of consciousness," he told the Independent.

Brouard has recovered, but the Lilac Street project has not. Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins told School of Architecture faculty that he couldn't guarantee students' safely at the work site, the Independent reports.

“We are doing everything we can to mobilize” and build the house at a different site, professor Adam Hopfner ’99MArch said. “I’m literally in crisis mode right now.”

Filed under school of architecture, Paul Brouard, Adam Hopfner, crime
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