Finding Affordability

Finding Affordability

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

It has been over 40 years since the demolition of Minoru Yamasaki’s Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St. Louis and the subsequent decline of state-led housing initiatives. The buildings fell on March 16, 1972, what came to be called “the day Modern architecture died.” It is symbolic also of the wider abandonment of public projects as a viable solution to housing for all.

Today, a combination of public and private stakeholders are struggling to fill the void. In this year’s developers feature, The Architect’s Newspaper investigates housing development in four cities across the United States that are confronted with these issues: New York City; Chicago, Illinois; Austin, Texas; and San Jose, California. Also, Matt Shaw talks to four developers in New York about integrating design and community in their business models.

Browse through the feature articles below.


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Matt Shaw talks with four developers who are working in alternative ways.

As part of the AN developers feature, Matt Shaw interviewed representatives from four developers who are innovating in New York and elsewhere using alternative models for development. These perspectives offer new ways forward as the architecture and business communities work together to find new design, housing, and community-oriented solutions to our 21st century urban issues.

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