Mayor de Blasio has declared a “total reset” for public housing in New York. At the same time, the decline of affordable housing options has become New Yorkers’ greatest concern.

In spring 2014, the IPA launched the “Total Reset” series with a Roundtable exploring ambitious, achievable ideas for public and affordable housing in New York. Over the course of the summer, IPA Fellows responded to the roundtable discussion with housing proposals that connect design, policy, and community engagement. 

The residency and installation were located in Broadway Housing Communities’ new affordable housing development in Sugar Hill, designed by architect David Adjaye. Fellows were nominated by top New York architects and housing experts and selected by a jury of Jonathan Kirschenfeld, Karen Kubey, Susanne Schindler, and Juliette Spertus.

  IPA Fellows. Clockwise from top left: Nathan Rich, Miriam Peterson, and Sagi Golan; Nadine Maleh; Kaja Kühl (rear, center) with Columbia University Graduate School for Architecture, Preservation and Planning’s 5 Borough Studio; and Quilian Riano. Photos courtesy IPA Fellows.

IPA Fellows. Clockwise from top left: Nathan Rich, Miriam Peterson, and Sagi Golan; Nadine Maleh; Kaja Kühl (rear, center) with Columbia University Graduate School for Architecture, Preservation and Planning’s 5 Borough Studio; and Quilian Riano. Photos courtesy IPA Fellows.

Inaugural IPA Fellows are: Kaja Kühl, in association with Columbia University Graduate School for Architecture, Preservation and Planning’s 5 Borough Studio; Nadine Maleh; Quilian Riano; and the team of Sagi Golan, Miriam Peterson, and Nathan Rich. 

Residency Events & Workshops

Exhibition Opening, 6/25/14

No Longer Empty’s “If You Build It” opens, including the IPA “Total Reset” residency and installation. For the opening, Fellows presented their initial concept and work.


“Total Reset” Public Workshop One, 7/10/14

“Total Reset” featured the first public workshop with Sugar Hill community members, housing experts, and designers. At the workshop, Institute for Public Architecture Fellows presented their work-in-progress and IPA executive director Karen Kubey will moderate a discussion.

Panel participants:
Michael Henry Adams, David Burney, Deborah Gans, Abby Hamlin, Marc Norman

 Miriam Peterson presenting at the first public workshop

Miriam Peterson presenting at the first public workshop

“Total Reset” Public Workshop Two, 7/23/14

For Workshop Two, Institute for Public Architecture Fellows will present their work-in-progress and June Williamson, Associate Professor, The City College of New York, will moderate a discussion.

Panel Participants:

June Williamson (moderator, The City College of New York), Bill Crawley (New York City Housing Authority), Marta Gutman (The City College of New York), Aurash Khawarzad (West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.), Jack Travis (Pratt Institute), Jeff Shumaker (Department of City Planning).

 Panel discussion at Sugar Hill

Panel discussion at Sugar Hill

 9x18 team presenting at the second public workshop

9x18 team presenting at the second public workshop

“Total Reset” Open Studio Reception, 8/7/14

For the closing exhibit, guest were invited to Meet the Institute for Public Architecture Fellows and explore their work.