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Density

Homebound

"Homes for the aged” have long negotiated between keeping elders safe and keeping them connected to their communities. As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens senior care facilities across the country, the story of one Manhattan nursing home holds lessons for balancing "home" and "institution" during times of duress, and far after the worst is over.

Coming Up

What does the future hold for New York's roofs? A scroll atop the city of 2040 posits every use under the sun.

People Movers

For a Level Field

For an equal shot at competitive sports in New York City public high schools, students and teachers fight to untangle the knot of race and space.

An Urban System of Death

Density and displacement aren’t just problems for the living.

The Rise and Fall of Manhattan's Density

Vacant Lots: Then and Now

In 1987, the League launched a design study to examine the potential of small-scale infill housing to contribute to the city’s affordable housing portfolio. We look back at what was proposed, and what was built instead.

Self-Help Housing: The Story of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

Andy Reicher shares the history of UHAB, chronicling its evolution through 40 years of helping renters become owners.

Portfolio: Out My Window

We are all to an extent on display to each other, but we pretend not to notice, and do not to attempt to bridge the narrow spatial but chasm-like psychological gaps between buildings.

Low-Rise, High-Density Housing: A Contemporary View of Marcus Garvey Park Village

40 years after its construction, Karen Kubey revisits Marcus Garvey Park Village in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a revealing example of the design philosophies and policy priorities behind low-rise, high-density housing.

A Caution on Hong Kong Envy

Two recent conferences make clear that while New Yorkers enthuse about Hong Kong’s advances, many from Hong Kong worry about the cost of progress.