by Camila Schaulson Frenz
Happy Archtober! The Center for Architecture will be kicking off the month-long celebration of architecture and design with the opening of “Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now” tomorrow, 10.01.15 at 6:00 pm. Please join us for the opening reception of the exhibition, which features local and global strategies to reduce the cost of housing.
New York is in a housing crisis. Market rate housing exceed the budgets of many New Yorkers and affordable housing production cannot meet demand. As the city’s vibrant culture and economy continue to attract more residents, the housing deficit has become an ever-growing issue. In Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan, the de Blasio administration has pledged to address this situation by building and preserving 200,000 affordable apartments. In order to achieve this, the city must work with a variety of stakeholders, including architects.
Although affordable housing typically refers to policy initiatives to ensure that residents at a certain income can qualify for housing, affordability is a broader concept. Designing Affordability examines how architects, planners, engineers, policy makers, tenants, and homeowners are crafting innovative ways to reduce the cost of housing without compromising quality.
Adding to the discussion about affordability, the Fall issue of Oculus also tackles the subject with the theme “Home Game: Innovations in Housing.” Click here to read the digital edition.