PreviousNext

NYCHA Debuts Design Guidelines for Improving Public Housing

Chapter News, Policy and Advocacy by • 01/25

On 01.12.17, representatives from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) debuted the authority’s new Design Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings to a packed room of architects, policy makers, urban designers, and concerned NYC residents. As part of  NYCHA’s 10-year strategic plan entitled NextGeneration NYCHA, which aims to dramatically improve residents’ quality of life through updated health, environmental, and social policies, the publication details new guidelines and procedures to improve the interiors and exteriors of the 2,550 buildings within NYCHA’s domain.

The guidelines came to life through a collaboration between NYCHA, the AIANY Housing Committee, the AIANY Design for Aging Commitee, and Enterprise Community Partners. All in all, 17 different departments worked on the publication for a year.

“Some of our key goals for this publication were to be concise, to keep the guidelines visually oriented, and to really take our time to explain the new standards,” explains Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow Jae Shin, who spearheaded the collaboration. Shin detailed four overarching themes, including connected communities, quality of life, affordability, and sustainability.

Only a few of the new ideas that can be found within the guidelines were discussed, but the audience reacted positively to them. In terms of improvement of health and community connection, the guidelines recommend adult fitness and multi-generational play places, as well as an increase in common spaces to encourage people to get out of their apartments and move about. The panelists recounted positive meetings with residents to discuss renovating kitchen designs to make a more practical apartment. A common but serious health problem for residents living in older buildings is asthma; NYCHA will install new flooring with a lower mold propensity.

A few audience members were concerned with just how these new guidelines would integrate NYCHA’s public housing units into the fabric of the city. One NYCHA veteran even likened the guidelines to simply moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. The panelists, however, remained undaunted.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” admitted Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, “but NYCHA is indispensable to the success of New York City.”

Shin agreed, adding that integrating public housing into the fabric of the broader city will only happen if NYCHA repairs what already exists. Working with landscape architects and the Parks Department to remove fences and activate the grounds through inclusive programming will create soft, holistic boundaries, she explained. She also expressed great confidence in the city’s architectural students and incoming architects keeping up the integration momentum.

New York City’s Housing Authority is the largest in the nation. Approximately 400,000 people, about 5 percent of the city’s total population, live in NYCHA buildings. Mayor LaGuardia created NYCHA in 1934 and the majority of the buildings were built between 1945 and 1965.

Watch a live video from the event here.

Event: Designing the Next Generation of Public Housing in New York
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.12.17
Speakers: Krista Egger, Director of Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners
Bruce Eisenberg, AIA, Deputy Director, Office of Design, New York City Housing Authority
Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP
Deborah Goddard, Executive Vice President, Capital Projects, New York City Housing Authority
Jae Shin, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, New York City Housing Authority
Moderator: Lee Altman, Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, Urban Design, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning
Organized by: AIANY Housing CommitteeAIANY Design for Aging Committee, and New York City Housing Authority
Special thanks to: Fund for Public Housing, Deutsche Bank, and Enterprise Community Partners for their support and partnership in NYCHA’s Design Excellence Initiative, and to Morgan Stanley and Citi Foundation for their support of Enterprise’s Public Housing work, including the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship.
Sponsored by: Intus Windows

 

Comments are closed.

As the city densifies there is often not enough room on the sidewalks to accommodate the mountains of bags.
Zero Waste Design Guidelines Launched Policy and Advocacy
Siblings show off their Family Market. Credit: Center for Architecture
Archtober Family Day During Open House New York Learning by Design
Schomburg Center renovation by Marble Fairbanks. Credit: Nicholas Desbiens, Marble Fairbanks
In the News In The News
Photo via NYCgo
Policy Pulse: NYC Agency Heads Discussion Policy and Advocacy
Displacement: Capital, 10.04.2017.
“Displacements: Capital” Investigates the Impact of Foreign Funds on NYC’s Skyline Chapter News
Courtesy of US Department of Defense.
Learn How to Assess Homes after a Disaster Chapter News
Turrett Penthouse Suites at the Beekman Hotel by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects (GKV) in collaboration Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. Credit: Simon Lewis.
In the News In The News
Advertise on Dezeen Jobs!
Get 20% off featured ads on Dezeen Jobs Chapter News
Credit: Erik Bardin
“Scaffolding” Kicks off Archtober at the Center for Architecture At the Center for Architecture
“Of, By, and For The People: Grassroots Movements and Policy Transformations.” Credit: Center for Architecture.
Defining Citizen Architect Chapter News
“The Activist, the Architect, the Artist: Case Studies in Civic Engagement,” brought together six practitioners from various professions – architecture, art, landscape architecture, law, and urban design – to explore different forms of civic engagement in communities both large and small. Credit: Center for Architecture.
The Activist, the Architect, the Artist Policy and Advocacy
Kate Slevin (left), Saskia Sassen, Ethan Kent, Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, at Public Spaces, Social Movements. Credit: Center for Architecture
Policy Pulse: Imagining the New Civic Commons Policy and Advocacy
Classifieds Classifieds
Temple Israel of the City of New York, New York, NY. White's role: Partner in Charge. Image: PBDW Architects.
Featured Member: Samuel G. White, FAIA, LEED AP Featured Member
56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron, one of Archtober 2017's Buildings of the Day. Credit: Iwan Baan.
Are You Ready for Archtober? At the Center for Architecture
The Cornell Tech Campus in Roosevelt Island. Credit: Iwan Baan.
In the News In The News
Credit: Center for Architecture
Of, By and For the People Policy and Advocacy
Classifieds Classifieds
Center for Architecture staff rolled up their sleeves to help Win students design and build their own tree house models. Pictured: AIANY/CFA Executive Director Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA; Morgan Watson; and Camila Schaulsohn. Image courtesy of Win.
Engaging the Community through Design Learning Learning by Design
Credit: Center for Architecture
CLP Development Session III: Community Transformations through the Lens of Resiliency Chapter News
Hunter's Point Campus, Queens, NY. Rolland's role: Project Director. Image: David Sundberg/Esto.
Featured Member: Ann Rolland, FAIA, LEED AP Featured Member
Cocktails and Conversation: Peter Gluck and Inga Saffron, 09.08.17. Photo: Daniel Cole.
Peter Gluck and Inga Saffron Appraise the State of Architecture for Cocktails and Conversation Chapter News
Anthology Film Archives expansion by Bone/Levine Architects.
In the News In The News
Head_Image
Archtober is Coming! At the Center for Architecture
Credit: Center for Architecture
AIANY Members: Engage and Recommend Leaders Chapter News
Percy Griffin, AIA, interviewed at the Center for Architecture by Jack Travis at "Legends: 3 Harlem Architects, 4 Decades" in 2016. Credit: Center for Architecture
In Memoriam: Percy Griffin, AIA In Memoriam
Courtesy of AIA Houston.
Help the Architecture Center Houston AIANY - Message From the Executive Director
Image courtesy the NYC Department of Buildings
DOB Proposes Rule for Additional Fees Policy and Advocacy
New Visions for Public Schools by Gruzen Samton LLP. Burke's role: Director of Interiors/Design Director. Photo: Mark Ross.
Featured Member: Mary Burke, FAIA Featured Member
Working together on the grouping exercise. Credit: Center for Architecture
CLP Development Session II: Facilitating Inclusive and Productive Engagement—Strategies and Struggles Chapter News
Woman´s March on NYC, 2017. Credit: Michael Kowalczyk ©/ Flickr.
Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse Policy and Advocacy
Names in the News In The News
“Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia,” closing 08.26.17. Credit: Erik Bardin.
On View Exhibitions
Moynihan Train Hall by SOM.  Credit: SOM, image via New York State Governor's Office.
In the News In The News
Sonali from our elementary school Fairytale Architecture program shows off her castle design. Credit: Center for Architecture.
Summer@theCenter Wraps Up Learning by Design
Yale University Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, New Haven, CT. Nieminen's role: Partner in Charge. Image: Cervin Robinson.
Featured Member: Michael Nieminen, FAIA Featured Member
Classifieds Classifieds
2100 Troll is Antarctica’s first megacity, its ringed megastructures each organized around a central green space. 2100: A Dystopian Utopia—The City After Climate Change, by Vanessa Keith/StudioTEKA (New York: Urban Research, 2017). Image: courtesy of Terreform.
Featured Member: Vanessa Keith, AIA Featured Member
Grand Central Terminal in Midtown East. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Policy Pulse: City Approves Midtown East Rezoning Policy and Advocacy
Myrtle-Wickoff Station Complex. Dugan's role: Principal in Charge. Image: Vanni Archives.
Featured Member: Jeffrey Dugan, AIA Featured Member
Bronx River House by Kiss + Cathcart Architects.
In the News In The News
Names in the News In The News
2017 AIANY COTE Awards. Deadline: 09.17.17
New Deadlines In The News
"This Future Has a Past," on view through 09.12.17. Credit: Center for Architecture.
On View Exhibitions
Office loft / Maker space Hudson Yards Penn Station
Classifieds Classifieds
OBL/QUE, A Journal on Critical Conversation published by Harvard GSD, is the winner of the  2017 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals.
Announcing the 2017 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals Recipient At the Center for Architecture
At SpeakUp 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
Policy Pulse: AIA Hosts Annual SpeakUp Event Policy and Advocacy
Community Mural, 116th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. Photo: Shilpa Patel.
Challenges of Engaging Locally: Civic Leadership Program Opens Discussion Chapter News
Member Survey: How Are Firms Helping Members Grow Professionally? Chapter News
Design educator Hadley Beacham performs a structural test for a triangulated model. Credit: Center for Architecture
Youth Explore Architecture at K-12 Summer Design Programs Learning by Design