Upcoming Exhibitions

April 25 - June 29, 2013

Low Rise High Density

Low Rise High Density examines a housing type celebrated in the 1960s and 70s, and what it means in the United States today. The exhibition presents original oral histories with project architects and global case studies from the last 50 years.

Forty years ago, low-rise, high-density housing offered a substitute for the high-rise model then dominating public housing in the United States. Dense enough to support public transportation, yet low enough to avoid dependence on elevators, the type attempts to bring together the benefits of urban and suburban living. Presenting architectural drawings, photographs, and oral histories with project architects, Low Rise High Density traces typology over time. The consideration of environmental and social ideas embedded in low-rise, high-density housing is as urgent now as it was when the typology was first developed. Today we can look at low-rise, high-density housing as an alternative to suburban sprawl.

Curator: Karen Kubey
Exhibition Design: The Letter D

Curatorial Team

Nicky Chang, Rebecca Costanzo, Arianne Kouri, Sarah Rafson, Sara Romanoski, and James Walsh

Research and Production Assistance
Oriana Cole, Luca Farinelli, Millay Kogan, Jeremy Lydic and Andrea Simone

Transcription and Translation
Elsa Brute de Rémur, Emjay Transcripts, Merran Swartwood, and Yvonne Zivkovic


Institute for Public Architecture

The MacDowell Colony

New York State Council on the Arts

This exhibition is the first public program sponsored by the Institute for Public Architecture, a new organization promoting socially engaged architecture through urban research projects and a future residency program for design practitioners. By supporting architects and allied professionals working in the public interest, the IPA strives to improve our public realm.

Belden Tri-State Building Materials
James McCullar Architecture, PC
Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC
Rawlings Architects, PC
Tsao & McKown Architects

Special thanks
The Architectural League of New York
Columbia Center for Oral History
Facoltà di Architettura, Cesena, Italy
Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning at Columbia University
Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
Urban Omnibus (please see Karen Kubey’s related article on Marcus Garvey Park Village)


Opening Reception
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6-8pm

Beyond the Lawn
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6-8pm

Marcus Garvey Park Village at 40
Monday, June 3, 2013, 6-8pm

Low Rise High Density Now
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 6-8pm

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Image: Atelier 5, Siedlung Halen, Bern, Switzerland, 1955-61. Section.

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