East Harlem Gets Ready
For high school students in the Climate Resilience Leadership Lab, emergency preparedness means mobilizing the neighborhood.
Do You Remember How It Was?
Residents recall a decade of upheaval in the East New York Oral History Project.
Our Fair City
50 years after the passage of a landmark law, how will New York City assess the fairness of its housing?
Nearly six years after Sandy flooded basements and uprooted trees, Red Hook Houses is still in recovery. But designers from KPF and OLIN see a future brighter than survival, when infrastructure combines with art and the landscape rises above the waterline.
In our seventh Brass Tacks discussion, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, President of the Fund for Public Housing, leveled with us on public housing’s unique role in the city and the challenges NYCHA must face.
Disrupting the Superblock: Speculative Designs for NYCHA
Twelve students, six proposals, three sites: budding urban designers and architects re-envision New York City public housing.
"The scythe of progress must move northward”: Urban Renewal on the Upper West Side
Oksana Mironova documents varied approaches to City-led redevelopment in Lincoln Square and the West Side Urban Renewal Area and calls for an evolution of contemporary rezonings to prioritize the preservation of existing communities.
Maintaining NYCHA: Debunking the Myth of Unmanageable High-Rise Public Housing
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.
The Storm That Will Be: Protecting Public Housing in the New 100-Year Floodplain
Elizabeth Rush looks at the particular challenges facing public housing authorities in high-risk flood zones and follows a design competition for a stormwater management plan in Jersey City to consider how responsive, site-specific architectural innovation can inform broader strategies for strengthening vulnerable communities.
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.