Lambert Houses, opposite the Bronx Zoo, is something else — a five-block campus of six-story apartment buildings completed, like the scatter-site Twin Parks, during the early ’70s. Phipps Houses, the venerable nonprofit affordable housing provider, built Lambert and still manages it.

Via Verde in the South Bronx. The new tower was paid for with money from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Housing Development Corporation, Bank of America and Phipps.

template for redoing New York City Housing Authority campuses. When the proposed renovation started to come together a few years ago, Susanne Schindler lamented in Urban Omnibus that from an architectural standpoint, losing a “visionary” example of low- and moderate-income housing from the 1960s and ’70s like Davis, Brody’s Lambert, is unfortunate. That’s true. From the street, the angular old buildings are still eye-catching. As Lambert’s new campus evolves, Phipps and Dattner clearly need to up their architectural game, aesthetically speaking.

But there’s no arguing with the practical upgrade or added apartments.

“I love it,” Bonita Dent, 57, one of the tenants in the high-rise, told me. A 20-year veteran of Lambert, she moved into the new building two years ago with her three school-age grandchildren. The doorman and a single, secure front door were big inducements.

“I like the security we have downstairs — it’s different from the old place where you’d see strangers in the hall. I’m not scared to come in and out of my apartment.”

about Twin Parks in 1973, The Times’s former architecture critic, Paul Goldberger, speculated that the project might “turn out to be important in the history of housing design.”

That said, he cautioned, “design, however compassionate, can mean only so much against the obstacles that make up the housing problem today.”

The calculus is the same half a century later. But the South Bronx isn’t. Gradually, it has been remade. Progress isn’t impossible, it’s a process.

“Invariably we will get things wrong,” is how Weinstein put it. “The question is, can we use failure as an opportunity to learn and move ahead?”

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