The Paradox at the Heart of the Fires
When it comes to providing safe and affordable housing, why does the public sector receive so little funding and so much scrutiny, while the private sector gets ample incentives with minimal accountability?
The Private Lives of Public Schools
When it comes to building schools, a little-known entity with radical roots has had an outsize effect on the city’s skyline. How can the Educational Construction Fund adapt an experimental ethos to changing times?
Model Cities Redux
As the city makes moves to improve housing in Mott Haven, Susanne Schindler finds that current approaches bear a strong resemblance to long-forgotten efforts there.
When Architects Run Your Building
In 1979, Trenton established what was thought to be a new housing paradigm. Why has it never been imitated?
Affordable Housing Appraised: A Review
UO columnist Susanne Schindler reviews two exhibitions that have waded into the contentious waters of New York City's top policy issue of the day: the lack of affordable housing.
The Bronx's Lambert Houses and the Two Sides of Preservation
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.
Housing Beyond the Market: Transatlantic Precedents
Can limited profit be good business and create better housing?
Architecture vs. Housing: The Case of Sugar Hill
Susanne Schindler's in-depth analysis of Sugar Hill, an iconic new housing and cultural complex in Harlem, suggests new ways to broaden limited ideas about what architecture can contribute to housing for low-income residents.
The Landscape of Housing: Twin Parks Northwest 40 Years On
Susanne Schindler and Juliette Spertus revisit Twin Parks with its original designers, 40 years after its construction, to pose some complex questions about the role of design in defining the success of low-income housing.
A Few Days in the Bronx: From Co-op City to Twin Parks
Susanne Schindler and Juliette Spertus examine two very different large-scale, high-density housing developments in the Bronx and consider how their histories can inform future innovation in affordable housing.