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Fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture reimagine the future of Queens

The Institute for Public Architecture has just finished its third biannual summer residency fellowship, Panorama of Possibilities: Queens, with final presentations having been held on August 22 at the Queens Museum in New York City. The 13 fellows, all mid-career architects and designers, have worked in seven groups to propose futures for a democratically-developed Flushing, Corona, and Willets Point. The night’s presentations began with a focus on sociological and interpersonal experiences of people’s homes and daily commutes. By the end, the presentations had moved towards a community-wide, cultural reworking of the public as an active stakeholder in its own parks, neighborhoods, and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). The first group examined accessory dwelling units as a way to increase access to affordable housing by reimagining a structure that is already ubiquitous in Queens. The second group responded to the prompt, “I am willing to share ____ with ____,” to explore and question our understanding of the home and ways of introducing new models of multi-generational housing. The third group sought to challenge normative ways of urban design and created an interactive board game that allowed individuals to voice the changes they would like to see in their own neighborhoods. Another looked at the effects of development on specific opportunity zones and on children growing up in these communities. One fellow considered ways in which Flushing Meadows-Corona Park could be made more accessible and be better integrated into the community. Yet another investigated possible futures for Willets Point's automotive industry. Lastly, a group proposed a new vision for BIDs that would support multifaceted “cultural commerce” rather than just retail in order to support social service providers and small business owners of all kinds. There was an amazing turnout of architects, designers, community members, family, and friends in the audience. Those who had seen previous preliminary presentations remarked on the rigor and scope of each project and their tremendous development over the course of the six-week fellowship.
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Institute for Public Architecture’s Fall Fête to honor Michael Murphy, Rosalie Genevro, and Janette Sadik-Khan

The Institute for Public Architecture (IPA)'s fifth annual Fall Fête is coming up! The nonprofit's mission is to spur socially-engaged architecture by giving the public opportunities to shape the built environment. Based in New York City, the group hosts talks and symposia; hosts urban research projects; and sponsors a bi-annual residency program for designers. This year, the IPA will honor three guests: Architectural League Executive Director Rosalie Genevro, MASS Design Group Co-founder and Executive Director Michael Murphy, and former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, now a principal at Bloomberg Associates. Tickets for the October 11 event are on sale now, and proceeds will go towards three main efforts. The IPA will expand its Fellows Residency Program, a group of architects that gets financial support from the IPA to do work and research in the public realm. In March 2017, IPA launched “Open City,” a discussion series that brought Paris's deputy mayor to New York to debate housing solutions for the most vulnerable urban residents. Building on the first event, IPA hopes to launch partnerships with architecture schools in the U.S. and abroad. The organization also plans to build its leadership capacity. This year, the party is at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan. A benefactor's reception will run from 6:30–8:30 p.m. and the after-party starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found here. The Architect's Newspaper is a media partner for the 2017 Fall Fête. 
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Curry Stone Design Prize’s February Social Design Circle winners announced

Architect Jonathan Kirschenfeld, principal of the eponymous design firm and founder of the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), is the most recent honoree of the 2017 Curry Stone Design Prize. The Curry Stone Foundation, based in Bend, Oregon, supports the work of designers that are developing “tangible, innovative projects to build healthy communities.” Since 2008, it has funded the work of distinguished names in humanitarian design such as MASS Design Group, Architecture for Humanity, and Elemental, the firm led by 2016 Pritzker Prize laureate Alejandro Aravena. The Prize has taken on a new valence this year in celebration of its 10th anniversary, expanding its recognition from a handful of socially-engaged designers to a much larger group of 100 in what is being called the “Social Design Circle.” Throughout the year the foundation will announce additional members on the list and feature the honorees and their work on its website. In February alone, the other winners have included: Kirchenfeld, through his practice and leadership at the IPA (founded in 2009), aims to promote new urban research practices and civic-minded architecture, including environmentally and socially sustainable urban housing, childcare, recreation, and performance facilities. In its citation, the Prize applauds Kirchenfeld’s ability to “[identify] under-utilized portions of civic land which have been passed over for private development, and [bring] world-class design to the city’s neediest residents.” Additionally, the Curry Stone Foundation is launching a new podcast series called “Social Design Insights” with twelve themes for each month of 2017. The series seeks to provide a forum to “hear from the Social Design Movement’s leading practitioners about their own methods, in their own words.” Kirchenfeld will participate in two podcasts titled “Is the Right to Housing Real” airing on February 2th and February 9th with co-hosts Eric Cesal and Emiliano Gandolfi. You can find podcasts with all the February honorees here.
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Institute for Public Architecture to honor Katie Swenson, Carl Weisbrod at 4th Annual Fall Fete

The Institute for Public Architecture (IPA)’s 4th Annual Fall Fete will be held at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on October 26. The Benefactor’s Reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with galleries open to view By the People: Designing a Better America and Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse. The institute will celebrate the year in socially engaged architecture by honoring Katie Swenson, vice president of national design initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners, Carl Weisbrod, director of the New York City Department of City Planning and chairman of the New York City Planning Commission. Awards will be presented by Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye. The IPA’s first international honoree, and 2016 Pritzker Prize winner, Alejandro Aravena, will offer remarks. The Friends Party, will follow at 8:30 p.m. Reserve your tickets here.
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The Institute for Public Architecture’s “Live/Work for the Workforce” fellows announced

The Institute for Public Architecture has announced their 2016 fellows for the Live/Work for the Workforce residency. The program gives architects the opportunity to research and design concepts for potential live/work spaces in a former industrial building in New York City. The program is in part a response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ten-year Housing New York plan, which includes mixed-use live/work spaces for artists and entrepreneurs. The residency has been offered to 11 architects and designers, who will work in two teams of two, two teams of three, and one solo team. They'll formulate separate projects but are encouraged to collaborate among themselves and with the community. The teams' projects will examine a range of potential solutions for live/work spaces; some of the fellows plan to publish their research throughout the residency. Two teams, Team Move Matter and Team The Media is the Neighborhood, focus on individual industries, like affordable housing for those in the food and beverage industry and the use of real estate by the film, television, and media industries, respectively. Others, like Stephen Fan and Team AJX, are researching existing live/work arrangements in Los Angeles’s “Hybrid Industrial” zones and New York City’s Loft Laws. Find more information and biographies of the fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture website.
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On November 10, the Institute for Public Architecture celebrates architecture and affordable housing in New York City

ipa-event 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. The mission statement of the IPA promotes “socially engaged architecture through urban research projects and a residency program for design practitioners.” It’s hard to imagine the contemporary debate on housing and affordability without the initiatives and projects created by the organization. Now the IPA is holding its 3rd annual Fall Fete, and you can help by in two ways. If you have the means you can purchase tickets for its Benefactors Reception at the Neue Galerie. If you can't afford the big ticket event, you can afford a $50 donation to attend its “Friends” party at the St. George Church Choir Crypt on East 16th Street. This is an organization that should be supported by all architects who believe in the social program of our profession. Third Annual Fall Fete Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Benefactors Reception, 6 to 8 pm Neue Galerie 1048 5th Avenue, New York Friends Party, 8:30 to midnight St. George Church Choir Crypt 209 E.16th St., Stuyvesant Square, New York
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Institute for Public Architecture Hosts Fall Fête, Honoring Rosanne Haggerty & Michael Kimmelman

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On Friday, November 14, the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) will host its second annual Fall Fête at the Brooklyn Historical Society.  Gala tickets may be purchased via the IPA website: www.the-ipa.org.

The event honors two major figures in the field of socially engaged architecture: Rosanne Haggerty is the founder of Common Ground, which develops programs to address chronic homelessness in New York. Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic for The New York Times.

The IPA has had a banner year, including the launch of the inaugural Institute for Public Architecture Fellows Program. In residence this summer in Harlem as part of No Longer Empty's “If You Build It” initiative, the Fellows developed four innovative research and design proposals for public and below-market housing in New York. The residency, exhibition, and public programs were part of the IPA "Total Reset" series, responding to Mayor de Blasio’s “total reset” on housing.  The program was prominently mentioned in a recent New York Times article on housing solutions for the city.

As a community of architects, developers, activists, and researchers, the IPA is committed to quality architecture in the public interest. By supporting architects and allied professionals working in this area, the IPA strives to improve our public realm.

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Total Reset: Institute for Public Architecture Symposium Tackles Affordable Housing in New York City

The history of affordable housing in the United States has always centered on efforts—research, architectural prototypes, and creative financing—undertaken in New York City. From early philanthropic models like the late 19th century Cobble Hill Tower Homes, the 1911 Vanderbilt-sponsored Cherokee Model Apartments, and the 1930s Amalgamated Dwellings on the Lower East Side, virtually all early advancement in housing reform in this country began in New York City. Beyond philanthropic models, New York has also birthed the most important organizations advancing the cause of affordable housing—from the Phipps Houses to the Regional Planning Association and the Rockefeller-era Urban Development Corporation. These organizations not only realized models of affordable housing like Sunnyside Gardens in Queens and Via Verde in the Bronx but theorized creative options for affordable housing in capitalist economies like the United States. It is no mistake that New York alone of all American cities has a diverse array of housing options for low- and even moderate-income residents that is the envy of the rest of the country. In the tradition of these New York advocacy organizations there is a new group that promises to continue New York's leadership in the field of affordable housing. The organization—Institute for Public Architecture (IPA)—was founded in 2009 by architect Jonathan Kirschenfeld (for which he has just been honored by the New York State AIA with the inaugural Henry Hobson Richardson Award). Its mission is not focused simply on housing, but on the larger subject of promoting socially engaged architecture. In its first year of programming it organized an exhibition and discussion on Marcus Garvey Village in Brownsville, Brooklyn and an exhibition, Low Rise High Density, that highlighted an obvious but all-too-often overlooked condition of urban housing focused on scale and density. In an attempt to keep the spotlight on housing—specifically the crises of affordability affecting most American cities and New York in particular—the institute organized a symposium, Total Reset, based on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent promise to reset the city's public and affordable housing policies. Total Reset brought professional planners, scholars, architects, and housing organization directors together with housing and neighborhood activists. The symposium, held at Columbia's Studio X, began with three case studies: the "Vienna Model" on contemporary municipal housing in the Austrian capital (which I presented) and new New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Turnkey and Modernization programs by James McCullar; "Reimagining Brownsville" by Nadine Maleh; and finally Rick Gropper and Richard Weinstock of L+M Development Partners presented their firm’s facade restoration and refinancing of a 1,093-unit Mitchell-Lama residential complex in Far Rockaway, Queens. Then, more importantly, the symposium was opened up to activists from community organizations and leaders of various New York housing authorities to discuss the real, on-the-ground problems of maintaining and creating housing in the city. The discussion focused on issues of what to do with public housing in the face of drastic federal funding cuts amid enormous housing shortages and needs. Several panelists talked about the anchoring role that public housing has played in poor communities and how this is threatened by the lack of support and ongoing infrastructure improvements. One of the most controversial issues tackled by panelists was the role that the discourses on privatization would have on the city and that human needs should come before corporate profits. The afternoon was left for Peter Marcuse, the long-time Columbia planner who made the argument that for housing to really work there is a need today "for a fundamental rethinking and considering of all social benefits of housing not just having a focus on profits." Another panelist, Nicholas Bloom, suggested that the institute's next housing meeting should take place in a NYCHA facility. That's exactly what the organization plans to do next fall. There is no other city where the conversation on public housing is taking place at the level that the IPA intends and that's why New York will continue to lead the country in creative ideas and solutions to house that part of the population locked out of the private marketplace.
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New York Affordable Housing Experts Weigh In on De Blasio’s Pending Housing Plan

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been promising to “preserve or construct” nearly 200,000 units of affordable housing since his days as the most unlikely of mayoral contenders. Since stepping into City Hall, the mayor has repeated that pledge nearly every chance he gets. But while the affordable housing plan is one of his central policy issues, it’s still not clear how the city can hit the mayor’s magic number. That should change this week when de Blasio’s housing team releases their detailed plan of action. Before that plan is released, however, AN asked some of the city’s leading architects, advocates, and planners what they hope to see in the team’s path forward. David Burney Former Commissioner Department of Design and Construction “While we all expect the mayor to focus on mandatory inclusionary zoning as a means of increasing the supply of affordable housing, I am hopeful that other possibilities will not be overlooked. We need affordable housing, but in the right places—in the neighborhoods that need it. We also need to develop that housing near to transit. One unfortunate policy of the Bloomberg administration was the down zoning of neighborhoods close to public transit—where we need more density not less. Hopefully the new administration will take a fresh look at that downzoning. Another proposal that deserves attention is the one from Michael Lappin and Mark Willis to help small builder/developers build affordable rental housing on small lots, using a participatory loan program.” Karen Kubey Executive Director Institute for Public Architecture “Affordable housing is at the core of a livable city and design in the public interest. New Yorkers need an ambitious, achievable housing plan, one that provides not only more affordable apartments, but also a wide range of housing models and an investment in quality, lasting architecture. In line with this, the Institute for Public Architecture recently launched ‘Total Reset,’ a long-term initiative supporting efforts to improve public and affordable housing in New York. We applaud Mayor de Blasio for making affordable housing a priority again for New York City.” Bill Stein Principal Dattner Architects “From a design point of view—while maintaining all the regulations and requirements—any way that the approval and review process by various agencies can be simplified and streamlined would go a long way toward developing more affordable housing more quickly. From a broader perspective, I hope the plan encourages some degree of innovation and experimentation in building types and housing types. … Finding sites is a key challenge for affordable housing in New York City. Sites that are available tend to be more difficult and expensive to develop: irregular dimensions, significant topography, other environmental factors, etc. The administration’s housing plan can help address this challenge by the creative use of underutilized land, whether through a program for NYCHA sites, rezoning where appropriate or enhanced incentives for mixed use/mixed income developments.” Adam Friedman Director Pratt Center for Community Development “There are three things that we are particularly focused on: First of all, mandatory inclusionary housing, which we would argue should be citywide above a certain density. Second, a strategy for legalizing what are now accessory dwelling units. Third, something we would not want to see is more rezoning of manufacturing to residential. A lot of that has already been done under the Bloomberg Administration and we want to understand why so much of that hasn’t been developed. And we would want to make sure the prospect of those zoning changes includes a strategy for retaining those jobs.” Andrew Berman Executive Director Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation “The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation strongly supports efforts to keep our neighborhoods and New York City a diverse and affordable place to live. We hope that the Mayor’s plan will do that while respecting the scale and character of our communities and those qualities, which draw people to our neighborhoods and make them wonderful places to live.  We hope that the Mayor will not buy into the REBNY canard that unfettered development and a weakening of historic preservation and zoning protections will somehow make New York City more affordable, as opposed to simply lining developers’ pockets and destroying some of our city’s most beloved landmarks and neighborhoods.” Jaron Benjamin Executive Director Metropolitan Council on Housing "We're hoping the mayor targets, one, preserving our existing affordable housing. Two, he’s looking looking at responsible ways to involve the NYCHA communities in what happens. And three, we’re hoping that Mayor de Blasio, unlike his predecessor, really looks at responsible ways to build affordable housing. And finally, we’re going to look at how he plans to reduce the ranks of the homeless."