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Lost in the shadow of competing issues of economics, climate, racial equity, and the pandemic affecting New York City is a new chapter in the housing crisis, evidenced by multiple symptoms including sky-rocketing home prices, declining housing starts, record-setting homelessness, looming evictions, and a staggering affordability gap that has left more than half of NYC households unable to afford their rent. This conference brings together leading housing experts, practitioners, researchers, journalists, policymakers, community activists, planners, and designers to discuss the causes, effects, and possible solutions to this newly emergent iteration of the ongoing housing crisis.

In-person tickets are sold out! Watch the conference livestream here:

8:00 AM
 – Arrival and Coffee

8:30 AM – Welcome Risa Honig, AIA, New York Public Library
Introduction Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture

8:40 AM – Keynote Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times

9:00 AM – The Past: Defining the Crisis
Moderator: Hilary Sample, FAIA, Columbia GSAPP
Nicholas D. Bloom, Hunter College
Ingrid Gould Ellen, NYU Furman Center
Moses Gates, Regional Plan Association

9:45 AM – City Presentation – Adolfo Carrión, Jr, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

10:00 AM – Short Break

10:15 AM – The Present: What’s Working? What’s Not?
Moderator: Brian Loughlin, AIA, APA, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
Brian Kavanagh, New York State Senator, 26th District
Michael Wadman, Phipps Houses
James Smarr, National Housing Partnership
Karen Blondel, Public Housing Civic Association

11:15 AM – Break

11:45 AM – HUD / Federal Presentation – Alicka Ampry-Samuel, New York/ New Jersey HUD Region 2

12:00 PM – The Future: New Models of Development/New Approaches
Moderator: Marc Norman, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn Borough President
Rafael Cestero, Community Preservation Corporation
Lisa Gomez, LM Development Partners
Muzzy Rosenblatt, Bowery Residents’ Committee

1:00 PM – Close

Download the program PDF here.

Organized by: Center for Architecture with support from the IDC Foundation
Academic Partner: NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate 
Media Partner: Architectural Record

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  • Conference Organizing Committee:

    Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University; Center for Architecture
    Carol Loewenson, FAIA, Mitchell Giurgola Architects; Center for Architecture; IDC Foundation
    Brian Loughlin, AIA, APA, Magnusson Architecture and Planning; AIA New York Housing Committee
    Cathleen McGuigan, Hon. AIANY, Architectural Record; Center for Architecture
    Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture
    Hilary Sample, FAIA, Columbia GSAPP; MOS Architects
    Ray Savino, IDC Foundation
    Annie Tirschwell, Type A Projects; Center for Architecture

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