Total Reset

Images from the exhibition closing event of Total Reset in Sugar Hill with 500 “postcards from home” collected over the course of the summer. More infomration about the summer residency and the 5 Borough Studio’s contribution can be found here
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all images taken by Sben Korsh for the Institute for Public Architecture


Food Districts

The Food District at Weinland Park is an initiative of the Community Economic Development Corporation of Ohio (CEDCO) to build a brand new state-of-the-art food-processing an workforce development center in the heart of the Weinland Park neighborhood in Columbus Ohio.


The plans for the project were developed through a Community Challenge Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which was awarded to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) in 2011.

Don’t be Shy!

The Long Island Railroad and Metro North trains are an untapped resource, when it comes to exploring new opportunities for developing dense mixed use projects that take advantage of the close connection to Midtown Manhattan. img_1_1397344907_5c321f8ab90d5381c58e1f4d33a5a393

chad kellogg and matt bowles of AMLGM were not shy to think bold and envisioned ‘urban alloy’ as a redefinition of the typical residential tower typology. the project proposes habitable spaces in leftover sites surrounding transportation intersections, such as elevated train lines and freeways. wanting to optimize a heterogeneous and highly linked set of living environments, the concept uses specified materials and makes the most of being positioned above these set systems. the design offers an alternative to current urban renewal based modes of densification through an exploration of symbiotic re-purposing of air rights above transportation existing corridors in new york. img_8_1397344907_268f830a48be11cf3e20b1caefb4df47

img_4_1397344907_69690323e3b8ca76be1824ba51e3b370more images on designboom

and see another even larger proposal for a high speed rail station in Hong Kong here


“9×18″ (after the dimensions of a regulation-size city parking spot) is a project by Sagi Golan, Nathan Rich and Miriam Peterson that evaluates and reimagines current laws around parking tied to affordable housing. In doing so, the trio provides a comprehensive roadmap (literally) to what can change and how. See this article on Architizer that describes their research and design approach.


More Animated Diagrams

Aershop: Hydro-Genic City, 2020

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TLS/KVA: River First

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Celine Armstrong | Shiyao Yu | Lilly Djaniants | Samarth Das: biz[GOWA]nus

Animated Diagrams

How to tell the story of a design in a movie? Here are 2 examples using a variety of different graphics as an animated diagram.

PORT: Architecture + Urbanism -Carbon T.A.P, winning entry for the WPA 2.0 Competition

MVRDV – Almere Oosterwold

Retrofitting Brazil’s Soccer Stadiums with Housing

‘casa futebol’ by 1week1project proposes the reappropriation of the stadiums renovated or built for the 2014 FIFA world cup in brazil. within the host country, the housing shortage is estimated to be at 5.2 million homes according to the institute of applied economic research.


as one commenter remarks on the designers website, the proposed modules at 105m2 are almost 3 ties the size of Brazil’s housing program Minha Casa Minha Vida offers.

C-Rock: Jumping into the Harlem River

C-Rock from Eric Branco on Vimeo.

C-Rock is a new documentary about a pastime that, for kids in the northwest Bronx, is “like a bar mitzvah.” Except that it entails jumping dozens of feet off of rocky cliffs into the Harlem River, where that waterway meets Spuyten Duyvil Creek. (It got its name because Columbia University athletes painted a big C on the rock face.) Fellow teens and Circle Line patrons bear witness to these daring dives, while older men—always men—reminisce about their plunges, which are virtually synonymous with adolescence. Learn more about this ritual and read an interview with the film maker on Curbed

Want to see C-Rock? It’ll screen on Wednesday August 6 at NewFilmMakers. There’s also a community screening at Word Up bookstore on July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Then, in the fall, it’ll be at the New York City Independent Film Festival from October 15 to 19.

Reducing Parking makes housing more affordable

Late last month, leaders in Sao Paulo approved a strategic master plan that will go a long way toward making the city more walkable and transit-oriented. The plan eliminates minimum parking requirements citywide and imposes parking maximums — one space per residence — along transit corridors. Getting rid of parking minimums is expected to reduce traffic and make housing more affordable.

Sao Paulo is the first “megacity in the developing world” to entirely eliminate parking minimums, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Many major U.S. cities have dropped parking minimums in their downtown areas, but so far none has applied this smart policy reform citywide.

“By reducing parking around transit corridors, São Paulo will start reducing traffic, improving street life, and encouraging the use of public transit,” writes ITDP. “Though parking minimums have long fallen out of favor in many American and European cities, São Paulo is leading the way for cities in developing countries to pass major parking reform, making the city more transit and pedestrian friendly.”

… and speaking of parking: check out this article on streetsblog, Council Member chin is asking DOT to give up the parking structures they operate often providing parking at a lower cost than private parking operators to build affordable housing instead.

Here is a map of city-owned parking structures

Mapping Dollar Vans

This week’s New Yorker published its interactive project of “shadow transit systems” in New York City.

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In 1980, when a transit strike halted buses and subway trains throughout New York’s five boroughs, residents in some of the most marooned parts of the city started using their own cars and vans to pick people up, charging a dollar to shuttle them to their destinations. Eleven days later, the strike ended, but the cars and vans drove on, finding huge demand in neighborhoods that weren’t well served by public transit even when buses and trains were running. The drivers eventually expanded their businesses, using thirteen-seat vans to create routes in places like Flatbush, Jamaica, Far Rockaway, and downtown Brooklyn. Read more and see videos of the various systems here

Accidental Skyline Air Rights

The Municipal Arts Society created an online map to show available development rights. Whether developed on site or purchased as “air rights” by neighboring developments, the map gives an overview of how much development potential exists in all five boroughs under current zoning.

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Catch-22 Housing Co-ops

This weekend the NY Times published an article that gives an insight on H.D.F.C., or Housing Development Fund Corporation — a form of co-op housing intended for low-income New Yorkers. There are an estimated 25,800 of these apartments across some 1,200 buildings, according to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.While there are restrictions on the income a buyer can make when purchasing a limited-income co-op, there are no restrictions on the sale price.

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An HDFC building in Harlem

So how can someone with an income of  $60,000 afford an apartment for half a million dollars? Read the full article to understand this type of Co-op.

Total Reset

Some images of the opening of Total Reset from Wednesday, June 25th. The exhibition will continue through August 10th and the collection of “postcards from home” will be growing until then.

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Photos by Christian Hansen, courtesy Institute for Public Architecture

Designer Affordable Housing in the Bronx


David Adjaye debuts affordable housing development in New York CIty.01-david-adjaye-sugar-hill-housing-nyc-archpaper


This is the location where the 5 Borough Studio exhibit will be located as part of the  first ever Institute for Public Architecture Fellows.  Check the blog post “If you Build It” below for more information about the Fellow and the exhibit.

Look forward to seeing many of you at the exhibit June 25th from 7-9 pm at 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.


Mapping Urban Renewal

The City of New York has adopted over 150 master plans for our neighborhoods. You can see which areas have been affected and what those grand plans were here.

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Neighborhood master plans – often called “urban renewal plans” – were adopted to get federal funding for acquiring land, relocating the people living there, demolishing the structures and making way for new public and private development. Plan adoptions started in 1949 and many plans remain active today. Development in the plan areas sometimes happened, like Lincoln Center, and sometimes didn’t, like many still-vacant lots in East New York and Bushwick. Areas were selected for renewal because they were considered blighted or obsolete. The “blight” designation always came from outside the communities that got that label – from inspectors working for the mayor’s Committee on Slum Clearance in the early period and Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) employees in the later period. This online map was produced by 596 Acres together with Partner & Partners and SmartSign showing all urban renewal areas in the for New York City.