Recovery, Adaptation, Mitigation and Planning

Housing in Red Hook

Home Housing in Red Hook


Housing in Red Hook

Department: Architecture
Instructors: Deborah Gans and Jeremy Carvahlo
Summer 2013

In light of the great impacts that Sandy had on New York City, this studio focused on one deeply impacted waterfront neighborhood, Red Hook. The studio investigated technical but also social and cultural implications for housing in relation to future environmental scenarios. An environmental crises often reveals other long-standing economic social and physical dysfunction that made a territory vulnerable to crises in the first place. The studio goal was the development of strategies that address pre-existing problems simultaneously with the new post- ones, and, consequently, to produce a more integrated and equitable environment. In Red Hook, industrial/commercial, small scale residential, and New York City Housing Authority properties were equally affected. Students addressed the potential for shared assets and plans among these properties and users through the definition of site and its rebuilding strategies. Policy issues were investigated through design work.

The course looked at three housing typologies – The NYCHA housing complex, the Redhook lowrise fabric, and the transitional housing under development by OEM.

In each case, students worked with community organizations to create programs and the results of their work was offered back to the community through presentation and publications and potentially on-going projects beyond the termination of the studio. For OEM, our proposals for potential sites and site designs for their transitional housing was displayed in an exhibit within one such housing unit to be built in Cadman Plaza in the Fall, 2014.

David Martinez


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