Following its successful first showing at the RIBA in April/May 2017, our exhibition Social Housing – New European Projects was presented at the AIA Center for Architecture New York in 2018. Across Europe, a new generation of architecture practices are transforming affordable housing. Responding to continued need, changing clients and new funding methods, architects are once again addressing how homes can be delivered at scale while piloting new methods to achieve high design standards.
Based on our 2017 publication of the same name, Social Housing captures some of the best and most innovative examples of not‑for‑profit housing at a critical time in the sector. Drawing together 25 European case studies by 20 practices, the exhibition surveys a range of building and dwelling typologies, emerging design approaches and refurbishment strategies. Together, they offer a challenge to housing professionals and citizens in the US to rethink how we build and highlights the vital role of accessible, low‑cost housing in the life and function of our cities.
There is no common definition of social housing across Europe. As such, the projects presented include public projects led by government or city authorities, philanthropic schemes led by charities, and collective schemes led by residents. Common to them all, is the idea that there are alternatives to purely market‑orientated housing provision.
Exhibition curated by Karakusevic Carson Architects and designed by Alexander Boxill, featuring projects and contributions by:
Adam Khan Architects (UK), Assemble (UK), Avenier & Cornejo Architectes (France), Chartier Dalix (France), Hans van der Heijden (The Netherlands), Einszueins (Austria), Hawkins\Brown (UK), Haworth Tompkins Architects (UK), Karakusevic Carson Architects (UK), Lacaton & Vassal (France), LAN architecture (France), Mae (UK), Mecanoo (The Netherlands), Mikhail Riches Architects (UK), Mole (UK), muf architecture/art (UK), Niall McLaughlin Architects (UK), s333 architecture + Urbanism (UK), Sergison Bates (UK), TVK (France), Witherford Watson Mann (UK) and zanderroth architekten (Germany).
February 15, 2018 – May 19, 2018
536 LaGuardia Place
February 17 – Symposium, 1‑4pm
March 20 – Panel Discussion, 6‑8pm
May 8 – Panel Discussion, 6‑8pm