A pamphlet published by The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University based on a day-long faculty/student policy and design workshop. The workshop, pamphlet, and related events are intended to help renew a conversation between architects, urban planners, policymakers, activists, and residents on possible futures for public housing in the United States at a time when the relationship between housing, finance, and government is being rethought.

On 12 June 2009, Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture convened a day-long policy and design workshop with students and faculty to investigate the need and the potential for public housing in the United States.The financial crisis added urgency to this effort to reinvigorate a long-dormant national conversation about public housing, which remains the subject of unjust stigmas and unjustified pessimism. Oriented toward reframing the issue by imagining new possibilities, the workshop explored diverse combinations of architecture and urban policy that acknowledged the responsibilities of government and the limits of the private markets. Principles were discussed, ideas were tested, and scenarios were proposed. These were distributed along a typical regional cross-section, or transect, representing a wide range of settlement patterns in the United States. The transect was broken down into five sectors: Urban Core, Urban Ring, Suburban, Exurban, and Rural. Participants were asked to develop ideas within these sectors, taking into account the contents of an informational dossier that was provided in advance.


posted: January 26, 2010



Buell Center Director Reinhold Martin discusses the pamphlet on GRITtv with Laura Flanders

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posted: September 18, 2009

Policy and Design Workshop

GSAPP Studio-X, New York

01The Buell Center pamphlet on public housing is based on the results of a day-long policy and design workshop held at GSAPP’s Studio-X in downtown Manhattan, with over forty students and faculty participating.

posted: September 16, 2009

Oct. 5, 2009
Public Housing: A New Conversation Discussion + Launch

6:30PM Brownie’s Cafe. Avery Hall, Columbia GSAPP

Faculty will discuss the Buell Center’s recently released pamphlet on public housing. Moderated by Reinhold Martin, director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture