NYU Furman Center & AIANY Host Exhibition on Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats

News & Events | June 26th 2014

In partnership with AIANY and Enterprise Community Partners, the NYU Furman Center is hosting an exhibition showcasing creative ideas for retrofitting multifamily buildings in New York City.

Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats will be on exhibition at the Center for Architecture through August 7, 2014.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, there has been a great deal of design thinking about how to retrofit affected buildings. Some creative ideas include increasing building volumes to make up for the units lost by placing utility systems on higher floors, or implementing innovative landscape design to keep flood waters at bay. Many of these solutions, however, face regulatory barriers and very high price tags – a challenge for New York City’s affordable multifamily housing in the flood zones.

In January 2014, the NYU Furman Center, in partnership with AIANY and Enterprise Community Partners, organized the Retrofit Solutions Workshop  to engage the building community in a collaborative conversation about retrofitting affordable housing for future threats. This exhibition showcases ideas from that charrette and explores the options and impediments that multifamily buildings face as they seek to prepare themselves for long-term climate resilience.

Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats
On display through August 7, 2014
At The Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, NY, NY 10012)


This exhibition is free to the public and has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Deutsche Bank. 

Project partners: AIANY & Enterprise Community Partners. The Retrofit Solutions Workshop and additional support was made possible by The NYC Housing and Neighborhood Recovery Donors Collaborative.


Affording Resilience Opening Night Exhibition
The Affording Resilience Opening Night Reception took place on June 24, 2014 at the The Center for Architecture.

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Speakers at the Affording Resilience Opening Night Reception included Lance Jay Brown, AIA NY 2014 President; Jessica Yager, Policy Director at NYU Furman Center; Vicki Been, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; and Gary Hattem, President of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.


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Rosemary Fraser (JASA Property Manager) and Donald Manning (JASA Executive Director) represent 3601 Surf Avenue in Brooklyn, one of the three case studies featured in the exhibition.


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NYU Furman Center staff and research assistants.


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