MAKING ROOM is an initiative that brings together housing and demographic research, new design proposals, and pragmatic policy recommendations to expand housing options in NYC.
MAKING ROOM is an initiative that brings together: cutting-edge housing and demographic research, new design proposals, and pragmatic policy recommendations that would expand housing options in New York City to meet the needs of our diverse and growing population.
The Making Room initiative is specifically focused on three new housing types for the New York City marketplace:
1. Small, efficient studios designed for single person households;
2. Legal shared housing options for unrelated adults;
3. Accessory units to make a single family home more flexible for extended families or additional renters.
Over the last five years, CHPC has been dedicated to exploring new ideas for New York City to Make Room for its whole population.
We developed a unique data model and methodology that revealed a substantial mismatch between the types of housing units available in New York City and the shape of our 21st century households. Our diverse households – predominantly single people – are trying to fit themselves into homes and apartments not designed for their needs. And our housing is unable to evolve because the size, shape, and even occupancy requirements of our homes are governed by old-fashioned laws and codes.
In 2009, we hosted an international design symposium to acquaint a New York City audience with housing design innovation occurring all around the world that is responding to the needs of the growing single population, changing demographics, and booming cities.
In 2011, CHPC partnered with the Architectural League of New York to commission five architectural teams to take on a unique challenge: design an array of accommodating, desirable, safe living units for singles, shared households, and extended families, without the current restrictions of certain housing regulations, including minimum unit size, density calculations, and occupancy standards. The designs were presented at a showcase event at the Japan Society of New York.
Last year, MAKING ROOM made policy waves when Mayor Bloomberg issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the adAPT pilot project; to implement and test one of these ideas in the marketplace. Developer/architect teams were asked to design and develop a building of micro-units for single adults and small households and the winning submission will bedeveloped on a site on East 27th Street in Manhattan.
And this year CHPC has partnered with the Museum of the City of New York to showcase all of CHPC’s work on this initiative at the Making Room museum exhibition, running until September 2013.
We continue to research and analyze the real needs of our households and the lifestyles of all New Yorkers, and to shape new housing and planning policies that truly respond to these demands.
This project is made possible by support from various foundations including: the Lavanburg Foundation; the Charles H. Revson Foundation; the Bank of America; Deutsche Bank; Capital One; and Edison Properties.