Affordable Housing in New York: 

The People, Places, and Policies that Transformed a City


February 10 – May 28, 2016
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Curated by Matthew Gordon Lasner, Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Matthias Altwicker
Organized by Arden Sherman

A lucky million-and-a-half New Yorkers rent or own apartments developed under affordable-housing programs. The exhibition provides an unparalleled window into the reality of this vast system by bringing together original photographs by award-winning photographer and sociologist David Schalliol, large-scale interactive models of apartment interiors through contemporary photos taken by public housing residents through the acclaimed Project Lives program, an illustrated timeline, maps, archival material, and more. The exhibition also offers innovative ideas for the future of affordable housing by students from nine schools of architecture from around the world, which accompany the publication of Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City, a landmark anthology of case studies and images documenting America’s largest and most successful affordable housing system. By focusing on the lived experience of New York City housing built for low and middle income families over time, the exhibition revisits the city’s singular housing achievement as inspiration for finding bold and creative solutions for tomorrow.

This project will be supplemented by a full schedule of interdisciplinary public programming including walking tours of the case study projects featured in the show, led by the curators with Hunter College. All programs are free and will be open to the public.

This exhibition is made possible by Hunter College Art Galleries, the Hunter College President’s Fund for Faculty Advancement, and the New York Institute of Technology: School of Architecture and College of Arts and Sciences, The Journal of Planning History, and Princeton University Press.





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