Urban Housing

urban-housingEric Firley
With a response by Alex de Looz

Monday, April 13, 2009
7:00 p.m.
The Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue
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Eric Firley will discuss his recent research for the book The Urban Housing Handbook (Wiley, 2009), co-authored with Caroline Stahl.  Exploring the relationship between architecture and the urban fabric, the handbook provides graphic representations and analysis of 30 urban case studies from around the world.  These range from the London town house to apartments in Chicago and New York, taking in other European, South American, North African, and Asian examples.  In each chapter, a housing type is fully explored through a traditional case study and a more modern example that demonstrates how it as been reinterpreted in a contemporary context.

Eric Firley is an architect and urban designer, currently based in Paris.  After studying in Lausanne, Weimar, and London, he worked in several practices and design consultancies in France and the UK.  Having initiated this project in 2005, he has spent over two years writing and researching it, traveling extensively in the process.

Alex de Looz has been a project architect at MESH architectures since 2005, focusing on residential renovations across a wide spectrum of housing types.  He is also an editor and writer for both the academic and popular design press including Yale Constructs, ArtInfo, 306090, and PINUP magazines.  While in graduate school at Columbia University, de Looz with Corey Hoelker, researched, curated, and designed the exhibition: “Housing the City: Strategies for Multiple Dwellings in New York, 1830-2003.”  Upon graduation, the team undertook a study of the loft as an emerging real estate prototype in Asian markets, focusing on Beijing and Tokyo. de Looz holds a M.Arch from Columbia University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

Organized by The Architectural League; co-sponsored by Urban Center Books.


This program was made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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