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Home Screen Home: New York’s Affordable Housing on Film

From the lavish penthouses depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street to the humble tenements of Street Scene, the dwellings and daily lives of New Yorkers are the subject of so many famous films. More than passive backdrops, these settings often serve as emblems of entire cultures or neighborhoods aligning Peter Parker with the middle […]

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Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Communities

Investment in affordable housing was a key driver in reversing the trend of neighborhood abandonment in the 1970s and 80s. Today, however, affordable housing developments face many challenges, including rapid demographic changes, upward pressure on rents, and areas of consistent, concentrated poverty. Join a diverse panel of city officials, developers, and community advocates to discuss the […]

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Designing Better Affordable Housing

Well-designed housing and communities uplift residents, help strengthen social connections, relieve stress, and enhance a sense of safety and belonging. But, the pressures of today’s market that views buildings purely as capital, threaten the ideals of affordable housing. Join a distinguished panel of developers, architects, and professors, as they explore both ambitious and achievable ideas […]

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Affordable housing tenants are renting out units on Airbnb. What’s wrong with that?

On Tuesday, the LIC Post reported that some residents who received units through the affordable housing lottery in a (SHoP-designed) Hunters Point South high-rise are renting out their units on Airbnb. Market rate tenants expressed righteous indignation, and poor-shamed their neighbors for “gaming the system.” In New York City, renting out your rented place on Airbnb […]

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On November 10, the Institute for Public Architecture celebrates architecture and affordable housing in New York City

Today it seems that every civic and philanthropic organization in New York City is promoting and sponsoring events on affordable housing. But one organization, the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), has been there since the beginning of the current debate on affordability and architect-designed housing. […]

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Designing Better Affordable Housing

Well-designed housing and communities uplift residents, help strengthen social connections, relieve stress, and enhance a sense of safety and belonging. But, the pressures of today’s market that views buildings purely as capital, threaten the ideals of affordable housing. Join a distinguished panel of developers, architects, and professors, as they explore both ambitious and achievable ideas […]

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Are floating houses the answer to London’s housing crisis? 100 ideas for affordable housing to be showcased

Affordable housing is a hot-topic in Europe and across the world right now. To look for solutions, New London Architecture (NLA) launched a competition prompting architects, planners and citizens to submit ideas for the current housing crisis in London—and the entries are in. […]

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Video> Douglas Durst on affordable housing, sustainability and developing New York City

This Fall, I served as special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat‘s awards ceremony in Chicago. Among the many architects, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed was Douglas Durst, head of The Durst Organization, a family-run real estate empire established in New York City 100 years ago. He was there […]

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Developers, builders sue city of Chicago over new affordable housing fees

Home builders and developers in Chicago have sued the city to block a tightening of its affordable housing laws, which were recently revamped to encourage more private development of units accessible to low-income residents. […]

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Growing Tall and Going Big: San Francisco studied density bonuses to generate affordable housing

This Fall, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal made by the city’s Planning Department concerning the possibility of “relaxing” height and density limits for many of San Francisco’s western neighborhoods. If enacted, the program expects to transform some of San Francisco’s uninhabited residences and unused space into affordable housing units for newcomers. […]

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New York City Mayor De Blasio and Cardinal Dolan working on plan for affordable housing on church properties

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had some face-to-face time with Cardinal Timothy Dolan this week, and among the topics the duo discussed was affordable housing. In a city of nosebleed-inducing housing prices, Dolan said creating and maintaining affordable housing was “God’s work,” according to AM New York. […]

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