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Efficiently designed buildings are both sustainable and cost-effective, providing tenants a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city. Poorly designed, cramped spaces are just plain miserable — not to mention wasteful. Taking on this challenge, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) and the Museum of the City of New York developed the “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers” exhibition to demonstrate to the public what the possibilities of the future of urban living can (and should) be.
In the final full month of its special exhibition, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, the Museum of the City of New York will host a series of events showing visitors how they can live, decorate, cook and organize in small spaces – all taking place in a fully-built micro-unit housed in the Museum. The exhibition – unveiled early this year in partnership with the Citizens Housing and Planning Council – presents an array of innovative architectural solutions that could better accommodate the city’s emerging housing needs, features a full-scale “micro-apartment” designed and furnished by Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture with architecture by Amie Gross Architects.
In the final full month of its special exhibition, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, the Museum of the City of New York will host a series of events showing visitors how they can live, decorate, cook and organize in small spaces – all taking place in a fully-built micro-unit housed in the Museum.
The exhibition – unveiled early this year in partnership with the Citizens Housing and Planning Council – presents an array of innovative architectural solutions that could better accommodate the city’s emerging housing needs, features a full-scale “micro-apartment” designed and furnished by Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture with architecture by Amie Gross Architects.
New York Times Real Estate Reporter Constance Rosenblum Talks Affordable Housing at The Museum of the City of New York on July 30th
The micro-units on display in Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, may be works of architectural imagination, but a growing number of New Yorkers are happily creating and inhabiting minuscule spaces that are both highly functional and immensely attractive. On Tuesday, July 30th, Constance Rosenblum, a reporter for the Real Estate section of The New York Times, former editor of the paper’s City section and author of the new book Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City (NYU Press, 2013), leads a discussion with Sturgis Warner and Jonathan Cerullo, longtime theater professionals who occupy such apartments and whose lives and homes are profiled in her book.
The event is co-sponsored by the Citizens Housing & Planning Council and New York University Press, and presented in conjunction with Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.
Built mostly with nuclear families in mind, New York’s housing stock falls short of addressing the needs of its increasingly diverse demographics — a topic we explored in depth in Making Room, a project of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and the Architectural League. One of the solutions to this challenge currently generating a lot of discussion among designers, policy experts, developers, and academics are micro units — studios smaller than New York City regulations currently allow — considered one way to serve the needs of the city’s growing proportion of one- and two-person households. Last year, the City launched adAPT NYC, a design competition for a lot in Manhattan that will explore new ideas for micro-unit housing. Construction is planned for 2014.
Until the size of expected insurance-rate hikes is known, and federal officials release the final update of flood-zone maps, making the sell-or-stay call will be difficult. Further muddying the waters are differing objectives from the city and state governments, with the former focusing on rebuilding and the latter pushing buyouts, said Joseph Pupello, head of Zone A New York, a group of housing and environmental experts monitoring rehabilitation efforts.
“It’s difficult for homeowners to make decisions,” he said.
A brain trust of urban planners and architects has released a six-month study of short- and long-term measures they believe the city must take to protect against future storms…
In addition to the AIA, the project was led by the Regional Plan Association, American Planning Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, Structural Engineers Association of New York, American Society of Landscape Architects, Citizens Housing & Planning Council, and New York State Association for Affordable Housing.
Sarah Watson, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council‘s Deputy Director, says over the years, city policy has exacerbated the housing shortage. In the 1950s and ’60s, New York was anxious to keep stable families from fleeing to the suburbs, so it shut down a lot of the single-room occupancy hotels and apartment hotels.
“Our approach was actually looking at how government policy and how regulations can better support how people are really living than trying to enforce an idea of how they should,” she says.
The winner of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) fundraising raffle “Making Room . . . For Dinner” enjoyed a truly unique New York City experience and was granted exclusive, after-hours access to the Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers exhibition in the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) on Thursday night…
“We are incredibly grateful to Chef Bradley and the entire USHG team for making this crazy idea possible. Everyone had an unforgettable evening,” said Sarah Watson, Deputy Director of CHPC. “The only downside is that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Well that, and the fact that I didn’t get to taste the food!”
Micro-apartments are the new hot property investment project in New York and despite the fact the first building hasn’t broken ground yet, there are plans for even more. At a luncheon hosted by the Citizens Housing Planning Council, Matthew Wambua, commissioner at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, revealed new requests for proposals (RFPs)will be issued for more micro-apartment sites.
At a recent event for the Citizens Housing Planning Council, the city commissioner for Housing Preservation and Development announced that the city was looking to put up at least another two such buildings.
“We want to make sure this transcends as more than just an experiment, but as part of the New York City landscape,” said Commissioner Matt Wambua.
The city will be putting out more requests for proposals for micro-apartment sites, the New York Observer reported. “We are considering RFPs for two or three micro-unit developments later this year,” a Department of Housing Preservation and Development spokesman told The Observer after a lunch hosted by the Citizens Housing Planning Council Thursday.“We’re in the process of vetting a number of city-owned sites, and RFP guidelines will be tailored to the chosen sites.”