Making Room



For ongoing updates on the Making Room project and for full videos of presentations from the symposium, visit the new Making Room website.


Citizens Housing and Planning Council and
The Architectural League present

Making Room Symposium

Monday, November 7, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
4.5 HSW CEUs

Making Room Afterparty in Nolita
Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz
6:00 p.m.
Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral Youth Center
263 Mulberry Street

New York has an incredibly diverse population that lives in incredibly diverse ways. Yet the city’s housing, much of which was produced in the 20th century, does not meet the needs of a 21st century population. Households across the economic spectrum – from graduate students to senior citizens, extended families to multiple roommates, single professionals to working artists – are compelled to improvise their living arrangements in housing that can be illegal or unsafe. What New Yorkers need are more housing choices.

The Making Room symposium will present innovative ideas produced by teams of architects commissioned by CHPC and the League, and in-depth discussion of their proposals by government officials, international architects, and other experts. Making Room will point the ways forward to introduce more legal and safe options into New York City’s housing market.

Making Room is a research and advocacy project initiated by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) to increase the range of options in New York’s housing market. Through its research, CHPC identified ways in which current housing regulations and standards in New York constrain the range of choices the market can offer, particularly for single-person households, shared dwellings, and multi-generational households, through restrictions on unit size, subdivisions of existing units, and definitions of who may jointly occupy units. To build on its research, CHPC asked the Architectural League to join with it in a design study to propose and evaluate new types of housing that might better match the contemporary demographic make-up of New York and how New Yorkers choose to live now.

At the end of the day, the Making Room “after-party” will provide an opportunity for further informal discussion with the day’s presenters and others from across the spectrum of the housing and real estate communities.

Featuring presentations of work by
Stan Allen
& Rafi Segal – Principal, Stan Allen Architect and Dean, Princeton University School of Architecture; Founder, Rafi Segal Architecture Urbanism
Deborah Gans – Principal, Gans Studio and professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Peter Gluck – Principal, Peter Gluck and Partners Architects
Jonathan Kirschenfeld – Principal, Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architects
Ted Smith – Principal, Smith & Others

With discussions of the designs presented and related policy issues by
Matthew Blesso
– President, Blesso Properties
David Bragdon – Director, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability
Azby Brown – Founder, Future Design Institute, Tokyo
David Burney – Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Seth Diamond – Commissioner, NYC Department of Homeless Services
Alex Garvin – Principal, Alex Garvin and Associates
Rosalie Genevro – Executive Director, Architectural League of New York
Linda Gibbs – Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, City of New York
Mark Ginsberg – Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Amie Gross – President, Amie Gross Architects
Vicente Guallart – Founder, Guallart Architects and Chief Architect, City of Barcelona
Rosanne Haggerty – President, Community Solutions
Graham Hill – Founder,
Robert LiMandri – Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings
Jerilyn Perine – Executive Director, Citizens Housing & Planning Council
Mark Strauss – Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects
Mathew Wambua – Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Tom Wargo – Director of Zoning, NYC Department of City Planning

Design Showcase & Symposium (breakfast and lunch included) $150; Evening reception, $100; Discount rate for both events, $225.  Student rate, $50 for both events (with current ID).  There is no additional discount for Architectural League members.  To register, click here.  This event has limited capacity; to ensure a ticket, register by October 31st.  Tickets will be available at the door, space permitting.

Making Room has been made possible through a generous grant to CHPC from the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the support of the CHPC Board of Directors, the Lavanburg Foundation, the estate of Marian R. Naumburg, Edison Properties, and the Japan Society of New York.