Row House

A hard look at the row house — New York’s indisputably prominent, disputably outmoded residential form — and how it might nurture contemporary ways of living.

The Endlessly Adaptable Row House

For the final installment of Typecast: Row House, architects Alex Gorlin and Jeff Murphy talk about the mutability of a simple box and the challenges and delights of designing the contemporary row house.

The Bible and the Billionaire

Emily Schmidt spins the origin story of the affordable row house in the 1980s, when pastors and businessmen sowed scorched earth with rows of new homes.

Front of House

Vincent Meyer Madaus and Sebastian Bernardy look at the semi-public space between the sidewalk and the front door — and how residents satisfy their needs and fancies when space is scarce.

At Face Value

For our Typecast series, Rob Stephenson combs the city for the quirks, flourishes, and changing facades that make each row house unique.

Live/Work Balance

For our Typecast series, photographer Amani Willett heads to Brooklyn in search of row house businesses, where home and work nestle close and share space.

The Row House on Rising Waters

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?

The Magnate-Messiah of the Upper West Side

This week on Typecast, Allison Henry tells the tale of Clarence True, a 19th century architect-developer who believed he alone could save the row house from mundanity.

The Row House Plays Itself

For our Typecast series, we look at the row house as costume, backdrop, and even a character in its own right in popular culture.

The Tudor Plain

For our Typecast series, Thomas J. Campanella traces the development of Brooklyn's vast southern plain, a landscape of storybook neo-Tudor row houses thanks to Depression-era builders like Fred Trump.

How Many Row Houses Are There in New York City?

In the latest installment of our Typecast series, Neil Freeman counts and maps New York's row houses — all 217,000 of them.

Typecast: The Row House

What we can learn from New York's humble row house, a form at once dominant and overlooked.

Towers in the Park

High rise housing complexes are assets hidden in plain sight as the city strives to adapt the urban landscape to meet contemporary needs.

Innovation and Neglect: Sea Rise and Sea Park East

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.

Cooperative City, Cooperative Community

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.

A Scheme on a Bluff: The View from Todt Hill Houses

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.

Smith Houses: A Legacy of Activism

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.

Electchester: A City Made for Workers

Labor journalist Ari Paul visits Electchester, a Queens housing complex constructed by a labor union of electricians, and uncovers a history that provokes urgent questions about contemporary housing challenges.

Typecast

Typecast is a long-term Architectural League study into architectural typologies that begins with a closer look at five "towers-in-the-park," one in each borough of New York City.

Portfolio: Co-op City

As part of Typecast, an investigation into five "towers-in-the-park" across New York City, Amani Willett photographs Co-op City in the Bronx.

Portfolio: Sea Rise and Sea Park East

As part of Typecast, an investigation into five "towers-in-the-park" across New York City, David Lang photographs Sea Rise in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Portfolio: Todt Hill Houses

As part of Typecast, an investigation into five "towers-in-the-park" across New York City, Ben Stechschulte photographs the Todt Hill Houses in Castleton Corners, Staten Island.

Portfolio: Electchester

As part of Typecast, an investigation into five "towers-in-the-park" across New York City, Cameron Blaylock photographs Electchester in Pomonok, Queens.

Portfolio: Alfred E. Smith and Vladeck Houses

As part of Typecast, an investigation into five "towers-in-the-park" across New York City, Anna Beeke photographs the Alfred E. Smith Houses and Vladeck Houses in Two Bridges, Manhattan.