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Daisy Ames; Bernadette Baird-Zars; Adam Frampton

Housing the Future:  A New ‘New Law’ For New York City

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Daisy Ames (American, b.1984), Bernadette Baird-Zars (American, b.1983), and Adam Frampton (American, b.1980) of the Housing Lab (USA, est.2019) at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (USA, est.1881) at Columbia University (USA, est.1754) in collaboration with Ericka Mina Song (Canadian, b.1991), Erin Purcell (American, b.1990), Juan Sebastián Moreno (Colombian, b.1991)



New York City contains a multitude of housing typologies throughout its five boroughs. The multidisciplinary Housing Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation argues that these overlooked buildings embody complex legacies that remain critical for the future of living together. The goals of this installation are twofold: 1) to extract elements from overlooked housing projects that have unique assemblies of materials, design, code, and urban morphology, and 2) to recast selected elements into climate-adaptive and future-oriented outputs that hold a promise for new models of living for inclusion, resilience, and access.
In 1901, a broad-reaching Tenement House Law, often called the “New Law,” shaped a citywide boom in construction of small and medium buildings of four to six stories that embodied early twentieth century ideas about improved light and air. By extracting elements and assembling a new kit of parts from this overlooked housing stock, the aim of this project is to develop creative approaches to recast models for future housing and cities, at the intersection of climate resiliency, inclusivity, and access in 2050, and produce potentially a New “New Law.”


The IDC Foundation
Columbia GSAPP

Production credits

Hyun Hye Bae, Maria E Perez Benavides, Jenna Marie Kimmel Davis, Lanier Hagerty, Joseph, Weil Huennekens, Jin Hong Kim, Yousu Jang, Jiazhen Lin, Adela Locsin, Genevieve Mateyko, Kate McNamara, Zeineb Sellami, Michael Snidal, Ericka Song, Angela Sun

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