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Housing Beyond the Market: Learning from Berlin, New York, and Zurich
Friday, October 24, 2014 2:00pm
Wood Auditorium
Read Susanne Schindler's recent essay on limited equity co-ops in Places Journal, here

Organized by Hilary Sample and Susanne Schindler

“Housing Beyond the Market“ brings the architects of recently completed non-profit housing developments in Berlin and Zurich together with local architects and policymakers to discuss the viability of similar models for New York City.

New York City is in the midst of a housing crisis. The generation of sufficient housing for low- to middle-income households is made ever more difficult by increased and changing demand, limited financing and available land, as well as challenging public health issues ranging from an aging population to climate change. The limits of relying on a purely market-driven model to produce this housing are becoming apparent: more apartments are currently ageing out of income- and price-restrictions than are being generated by the city's affordable housing programs.

Beyond New York, other high-priced and rapidly growing cities, including Berlin and Zurich, have made models of permanently non-profit housing a central part of their policy. Limited-equity cooperatives are just one example. These cities have put into place structures for land-use and financing that encourage well-designed forms of healthy urban housing, and emerging architects have frequently been instrumental in initiating and moving the processes forward.

In this afternoon conversation, four architects will present their work within the context of their cities' housing policies, offering up critical points for discussion with local policy makers. Is New York City ready to design affordable housing that can exist beyond the speculative cycles of the market? With renewed interest in finding successful housing models, the session will challenge accepted norms to address the urban housing crisis.

For more information, contact Susanne Schindler at


2:00 Welcome and Introduction

Hilary Sample, Associate Professor, Coordinator Core III Housing Studio, GSAPP Susanne Schindler, Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP


2:15 Berlin

Antje Buchholz and Jürgen Patzak-Poor, BAR Architekten:
Baugruppe Oderberger Strasse and Spreefeld Cooperative

3:00 Zurich

Anne Kaestle, Duplex Architekten:
Mehr als Wohnen and Bucheggplatz Cooperative

3:45 New York

Eric Bunge, Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP, and nArchitects:
My Micro NY

Responses and Panel Discussion

4:30–5:30, moderated by Susanne Schindler, with responses by

Matt Lasner, Professor of Urban History, Hunter College
Brian Loughlin, Special Advisor to the Mayor of Jersey City for Housing
Lucille McEwen, Executive Director, Manhattan Valley Development Corporation
Chris Sharples, Principal, SHoP

Credit: Duplex Architekten, Zurich.