Archive for Making Room

Carmel Place, New York’s First Modular Micro Building, Stacks First Unit

It was a beautiful morning in Kips Bay today, when the first modular unit of New York’s first micro unit building was stacked into place.  The foundation was already in place at 335 E. 27th Street, and what was once called My Micro NY will now be known as Carmel Place.   In 2010, CHPC undertook Making Room, a look into the changing demands of New York City’s housing market. We found that 47% of New Yorkers over 25 do not live with a spouse or partner, and today we see that 1 or 2 person households account for 62% of …

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Inside New York’s First Micro Unit Building



As micro units continue to provide livable solutions to space and cost concerns in cities across the country, New York City will be getting its first prefabricated, micro-apartment complex. Last week, the New York Times toured the Brooklyn Navy Yards home of Capsys Corp., where the My Micro NY units are being assembled.

“My Micro NY, made of prefabricated modular units built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will be stacked into place this spring. The apartments will come with kitchenettes, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, ceilings over nine feet high and big windows. And to help make living in a small space

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CHPC Visits MyMicro Units In Production At Capsys

NeilDanielSarah at CapsysCHPC touring the Capsys production line

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, CHPC visited the Capsys production site in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to see what’s currently rolling down the line–unit modules for the MyMicroNY apartment building that will go up in Manhattan this year!

We were joined by a cohort of graduate students from the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, led by Professor Michael Gamble. Gamble’s students are participating in a three-year initiative that synthesizes efficiency and innovative design.

2015 Capsys MyMicro shellA MyMicro module at the start of the production line

Capsys specializes in modular building of various …

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Uneven Growth Exhibit and New Ideas for Changing Household Composition

tacticalYesterday CHPC staff and a few board members had the wonderful opportunity to accompany Bradley Samuels of Situ Studios on a tour of Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Mega Cities at MoMA.

The exhibition is broken up into six urban case study teams: New York, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbia, Lagos, Hong Kong, and Istanbul.  Walking into the gallery, the visitor experiences a cacophany of sounds and a variety of visual experiences. Full scale maps and illustrations cover the walls; tucked in the back corner is the area devoted to New York City.

Our fair city itself happens to be …

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Making Room Virtual Tour

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The "LaunchPad" centerpiece of the Making Room exhibitionThe “LaunchPad” centerpiece of the Making Room exhibition

From January to September 2013, CHPC’s Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers exhibition ran at the Museum of the City of New York, and was an unprecedented success. The exhibition covered all aspects of our Making Room initiative to date.

We were completely overwhelmed by the visitor numbers to the exhibition. The opening reception was attended by over 1,000 industry guests—more visitors than for any other exhibition opening event in MCNY history. The first Saturday of the opening week saw a 27.6% increase in attendance …

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CHPC at Dwell on Design NYC!



It was so great to be a part of the first Dwell on Design event in NYC! We had so much fun at the LA Dwell of Design and it was an honor to be a part of the first ever Dwell on Design at 82 Mercer Street.

On the Main Stage on the last day, our Deputy Director, Sarah Watson took part on a panel talking about the design of small spaces. She took part in the panel along with Life Edited‘s David Friedlander and Michael Chen at MKCA Architecture talking about how small space living can …

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