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07/31/2015
Gentrification Lab NYC:
7 Stops on the L-Line
Exhibition & Discussion

Photo: Cameron Blaylock

Organized by ZUS & Syracuse Architecture

Driven by global economic, social and political transformations, gentrification is a ubiquitous urban condition that is responsible for some of the most vibrant and successful and simultaneously some of the most inequitable places in the city. What role can and should architecture play in gentrification? Or has architecture merely become a service provided by developers?

Gentrification Lab is a multi-year design and research studio that intends to reconnect architecture with the economic, social and political realities of the contemporary city. What is the relationship between the size of an apartment and the rate of gentrification? How do zoning laws impact the envelope of a block? Can public space and public housing be used as an antidote to practices of exclusion?

New York Mayor de Blasio has issued a challenge to build 200,000 new affordable housing units over the next ten years in the five boroughs. Gentrification Lab has taken up this challenge and developed a manifesto of architectural prototypes that rethinks the relationship between public and private space and offers a counter-proposal to normative gentrification.

Participants: Dan D’Oca, Interboro Partners; Gordon Douglas, The Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU; Nicole Ferreira, NYCHA; Florian Idenburg, SO-IL; Janette Kim, Syracuse Architecture; Matt Shaw, The Architect’s Newspaper; Jeffrey Shumaker, Chief Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning; Alexandros Washburn, Founding Director, CRUXlab, Stevens Institute of Technology; Claire Weisz, WXY; Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center

Become a Van Alen member to attend a preview of the exhibition including drinks with the initiative’s organizers and event participants.

The exhibition will remain on view to the public on Saturday, August 1, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Gentrification Lab NYC is led by Syracuse Architecture Visiting Professors Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman of Rotterdam-New York based architectural firm ZUS and hosted by Syracuse Architecture.

The exhibition is designed and curated by Jiminie Ha and her team at With Projects, Inc.