Typecast is a long-term, research-based study of building typologies that seeks to refresh thinking about architectural forms that have come to be seen as outdated, stagnant, or obsolete. While technologies progress and policies and priorities shift, our understanding of buildings tends to remain static and unresponsive. Typecast attempts to bring new perspectives to existing types, and in doing so, asks that we rethink how they can nurture contemporary ways of living in the city. Typecast began with a series on towers-in-the-park in 2013 and 2014, and continues with a study of row houses in 2016.
For our Typecast series, Henry Grabar visits Canarsie, where long rows of attached brick houses defy traditional flood-proofing elevation. Could rising flood insurance premiums pose a greater immediate threat to homeowners than rising sea levels?
by Maura Ewing • November 19th, 2014
In our final Typecast installment exploring towers-in-the-park, Maura Ewing chronicles the lives of two Coney Island housing developments and exposes the political context that undergirds their architectural innovation, construction shortcomings, and the deferred maintenance that threatens their viability as affordable housing assets.
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.