towers in the park
by Nicholas Dagen Bloom • April 22nd, 2015
In an excerpt from the new book Public Housing Myths: Perception, Reality, and Social Policy, Nicholas Dagen Bloom challenges the assumption that high-rise public housing is fundamentally unmanageable by examining the history and vital importance of NYCHA’s dedicated maintenance staff.
by Susanne Schindler • April 1st, 2015
As plans to redevelop a once-lauded residential complex come to light, Susanne Schindler questions the lack of cultural recognition for the city's diverse and innovative history of housing design and argues for architectural and financial preservation of our affordable housing stock.
by Urban Omnibus • June 4th, 2014
Brian Loughlin, the chief architect for the Jersey City Housing Authority, takes us on a tour of recent renovations and rehabilitations, demonstrating the architectural innovation and policy acumen required to navigate federal housing programs and create sound homes and neighborhoods.
Caitlin Blanchfield uncovers the nuances of Co-op City that make this unique development relevant to our broader understanding of social infrastructure, intergenerational continuity, community pride, and affordability.
by Brad Fox • May 7th, 2014
In the third article in our Typecast series, Brad Fox travels to Staten Island's Todt Hill Houses and reminds us that amid debates on how design and policy can produce environments of opportunity, people are what ultimately make a place.
Sarika Bansal investigates how local traditions of advocacy, a history of community tensions, and the chronic underfunding of public housing inform residents' opposition to a controversial new development proposal at Smith Houses.
by Andrew Bernheimer and David Leven • September 4th, 2013
In a recent design studio set in the context of the public housing system, Andrew Bernheimer and David Leven challenged Parsons students to confront the environmental, social, municipal, and architectural demands of creating housing in New York City.
by Steven Thomson and Cameron Blaylock • July 31st, 2013
Writer Steven Thomson and photographer Cameron Blaylock respond to Thomas Hirschhorn's Gramsci Monument, a conceptual sculpture commemorating an Italian philosopher installed at a NYCHA complex in the Bronx.