“Great design is one of the best tools that we have to build a fairer city,” says Justin Garrett Moore, Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission. “By designing solutions across different contexts and scales, we can affect real change that not only produces better buildings but better serves our communities.”
With the help of the American Institute of Architects New York Housing Committee and The Fine Arts Federation of New York, the NYC Public Design Commission set about researching the private and public housing sectors in order to illustrate best practices in affordable housing design. Designed as a reference guide to affordable and sustainable housing design for NYC agencies and their applicants, the 2018 report is divided into three sections:
- Guiding Principles offers design considerations on site planning, massing, materiality, façade, windows and doors, ground floor condition, circulation and open space design.
- Case Studies include seven recent housing developments, all of which include excellent design innovations with consideration to the challenges of New York City.
- Appendix which includes national and international examples of affordable housing innovation. This will be further developed as an online reference tool.
New York has a goal to build and finance 300,000 affordable homes by 2026. The report concluded that well-designed and high quality affordable housing should be equitable, sustainable, healthy, build resilient communities and be safe and close to infrastructure and transit.
See the full report here.