The Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), in conjunction with AIA New York, next week will open Low Rise High Density at the Center for Architecture. An exhibition “examining 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.” Running April 25-June 29, 2013, the exhibition is curated by Karen Kubey, executive director of the IPA, and designed by The Letter D. The official opening is Thursday, April 25, from 6-8pm.
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.
Click here to learn more about Low Rise High Density, online at CfA.AIANY.org.