Professor Rafi Segal Presents Work in the Making Room Symposium

POSTED ON: November 1, 2011


Making Room Symposium | Monday, November 7, 2011 | Japan Society |333 East 47th Street

Making Room is a research and advocacy project initiated by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) to increase the range of options in New York's housing market. Through its research, CHPC identified ways in which current housing regulations and standards in New York constrain the range of choices the market can offer, particularly for single-person households, shared dwellings, and multi-generational households, through restrictions on unit size, subdivisions of existing units, and definitions of who may jointly occupy units. To build on its research, CHPC asked the Architectural League to join with it in a design study to propose and evaluate new types of housing that might better match the contemporary demographic make-up of New York and how New Yorkers choose to live now.
The Making Room symposium will present innovative ideas produced by teams of architects commissioned by CHPC and the League, and in-depth discussion of their proposals by government officials, international architects, and other experts. Making Room will point the ways forward to introduce more legal and safe options into New York City's housing market.
Stan Allen (ARCH '81) & Rafi Segal - Principal, Stan Allen Architect and Dean, Princeton University School of Architecture; Founder, Rafi Segal Architecture Urbanism  
Deborah Gans - Principal, Gans Studio and Professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Peter Gluck - Principal, Peter Gluck and Partners Architects
Ted Smith - Principal, Smith & Others  
With discussions of the designs presented and related policy issues by professionals and leaders of cultural and public institutions, including: Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director, Architectural League of New York; Seth Diamond, Commissioner, NYC Department of Homeless Services; Mark Strauss, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects; Michael Kwartler (ARCH '65), President, Environmental Simulation Center. 

Presented by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and The Architectural League.

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