Housing

The Condo, A Kind of Housing Model Every American Can Love

Between the co-op and the condominium, innovative housing solutions responded to problems of property, enclosure, and urbanity.

Mies Van Der Rohe’s 860-880 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (c/o Wayne Andrews/Esto) The subtitle of Matthew Gordon Lasner’s High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century (Yale University Press, 2012) might suggest a story of determined residential heterodoxy. Could this book be about the rare, defiantly urban souls opting for the sleek new high-rise as the rest of the old…

The Tiny Streets and Trinity Row Houses of Philadelphia

Trinities, built to house the artisan classes of the 18th century, and the narrow streets that contain them, warrant a closer look.

Some of America’s first urban workers lived in a unique type of Philadelphia home called a Trinity. Examples date from 1720. Trinities were built to house the artisan classes flocking to a burgeoning city; but while these workers moved on to populate America, the Trinity House didn’t follow them. But the Trinity and the narrow streets that contain them warrant a…

NYU’s “Scale Back” Is Just Part of Developer’s Long-Game

NYU's announcement to scale back back its controversial expansion may seem promising, but this is a move straight from the developer’s playbook.

New York University announced yesterday that it was scaling back its controversial plans for expansion by “almost a fifth.” Wow, now that’s a significant number, you might think, if you didn’t already know how these cynical games are played. The school had originally proposed adding 2.5-million-square feet of dorms, classrooms and commercial space to the two superblocks it owns south…

MoMA’s Exhibition on Housing Misses by 99%

The museum's latest exhibition, "Foreclosed," threatens to set the design discourse around housing back by ten years.

The newly opened show at the Museum of Modern Art, Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, fails to accomplish the goal alluded to in its title. That is, to consequentially address one of the most critical issues facing the public today—foreclosures. The result is a disservice to the people the show’s organizers set out to help. What’s worse, the exhibit takes architecture…

Q&A: Tom Darden, Executive Director of Make It Right

The 32-year-old executive director talked about the background of this seminal project, its unforeseen challenges, and its potential for global impact.

On my second week in New Orleans, on a sweltering August day, I went on a bus tour of the Lower Ninth Ward, sponsored by the local AIA chapter. It was a dispiriting experience. While much of the city had seen its fortunes rise, the Lower Ninth, the neighborhood most affected by Hurricane Katrina, was still a kind of lunar…