On November 10, the Institute for Public Architecture celebrates architecture and affordable housing in New York City
Today it seems that every civic and philanthropic organization in New York City is promoting and sponsoring events on affordable housing. But one organization, the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), has been there since the beginning of the current debate on affordability and architect-designed housing.
On Friday, November 14, the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) will host its second annual Fall Fête at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Gala tickets may be purchased via the IPA website: www.the-ipa.org.
The event honors two major figures in the field of socially engaged architecture: Rosanne Haggerty is the founder of Common Ground, which develops programs to address chronic homelessness in New York. Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic for The New York Times.
The IPA has had a banner year, including the launch of the inaugural Institute for Public Architecture Fellows Program. In residence this summer in Harlem as part of No Longer Empty’s “If You Build It” initiative, the Fellows developed four innovative research and design proposals for public and below-market housing in New York. The residency, exhibition, and public programs were part of the IPA “Total Reset” series, responding to Mayor de Blasio’s “total reset” on housing. The program was prominently mentioned in a recent New York Times article on housing solutions for the city.
As a community of architects, developers, activists, and researchers, the IPA is committed to quality architecture in the public interest. By supporting architects and allied professionals working in this area, the IPA strives to improve our public realm.
Total Reset: Institute for Public Architecture Symposium Tackles Affordable Housing in New York City
The history of affordable housing in the United States has always centered on efforts—research, architectural prototypes, and creative financing—undertaken in New York City. From early philanthropic models like the late 19th century Cobble Hill Tower Homes, the 1911 Vanderbilt-sponsored Cherokee Model Apartments, and the 1930s Amalgamated Dwellings on the Lower East Side, virtually all early advancement in housing reform in this country began in New York City.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been promising to “preserve or construct” nearly 200,000 units of affordable housing since his days as the most unlikely of mayoral contenders. Since stepping into City Hall, the mayor has repeated that pledge nearly every chance he gets. But while the affordable housing plan is one of his central policy issues, it’s still not clear how the city can hit the mayor’s magic number. That should change this week when de Blasio’s housing team releases their detailed plan of action. Before that plan is released, however, AN asked some of the city’s leading architects, advocates, and planners what they hope to see in the team’s path forward.