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Bloomberg tours the Making Room exhibition!

Tuesday January 22nd was an eventful day for CHPC! Not only did we celebrate the opening of our Making Room museum exhibition, in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York, with an unprecedented 1000 guests, Mayor Bloomberg also announced the winner of the City’s micro-studio pilot project at the exhibit and took a tour for himself! The press response was also overwhelming.

We are absolutely delighted that the Making Room exhibit is now open and will run until September 2013. We overheard hundreds of debates around the future of housing, regulatory reform, design and demographics at the …

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Living Small…at Home and Abroad


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As the population of the world’s largest cities continues to outpace the available supply of land, housing, and environmental resources, we must all learn how to live small. What can the experience of cities around the world teach us about living well — both efficiently and comfortably — within smaller and shared spaces?

Join us for a lively discussion with four distinguished architects and designers to discuss the latest innovations in small home design around the world: Azby Brown, founder of the Future Design …

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Exclusive: Making Room Exhibition Opening Party


We are so excited to announce that the opening party for the  CHPC’s Making Room museum exhibition will take place on Tuesday January 22nd from 6pm to 8pm at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition will then officially open on January 23rd and run until September 2013. To attend this exclusive party, you must send your name to or call (917) 492-3322.

Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers , organized by CHPC and the Museum of the City of New York,  offers new insights into how our changing social, economic, and cultural lives …

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The Making Room exhibition is nearly here!

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We are so excited to announce the opening date for the Making Room museum exhibition as January 23rd at the Museum of the City of New York! The exhibition will run until September 2013.

Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers  will offer new insights into how our changing social, economic, and cultural lives are re-shaping our housing needs, and present cutting-edge design innovations that allow our homes to better accommodate the demands of a 21st century urban population.

The exhibition will unveil a built and furnished micro studio apartment for visitors to explore, designed with transformable furniture …

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Making Room: Film Screening and Panel Discussion


When: Thursday, August 9th from 6 – 9 pm

Where: The Center for Architecture – 536 LaGuardia Place

Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director, CHPC
Mark Ginsberg FAIA, Chair, CHPC
John Shapiro AICP, Chair, Pratt Institute Planning & Sustainability
Marcie Kesner AICP, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Ernie Hutton FAICP Assoc AIA

This event features an exclusive showing of a film covering the Making Room design showcase held last November by the Citizen Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) and the Architectural League of New York.

Our Making Room initiative– looking at how demographic shifts are creating a need for …

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CHPC’s Making Room Project Comes to Life With City Pilot Program

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On July 9th, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the launch of a pilot program called adAPT NYC. The pilot will consist of a competition to develop a building comprised of small studios on city-owned property on East 27th Street. CHPC stood alongside the Mayor as he called for better solutions to accommodate the needs of New York’s growing single population.

This exciting initiative is based on CHPC’s own Making Room project, which explores innovative ways for the public and private sectors to work together to increase housing choice in the City. With changing family demographics and a rapidly increasing …

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Single People & Housing: CHPC at the NYSAFAH Conference


CHPC moderated a fascinating break-out panel at the New York State Association for Affordable Housing Conference that took place at the Times Square Marriot Marquis last week.

The session, entitled “Shifting Demographics: How to House a Changing Population” was moderated by Executive Director Jerilyn Perine and began with CHPC Policy Analyst, Sarah Watson, presenting our data model that analyzes and re-categorizes New York City’s households to examine how New Yorkers are really living today. The data revealed the extraordinary prevalence of single person households in the New York City housing market, and their struggles to fit into a …

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CHPC at NYSAFAH Conference

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The rise of single person households in New York includes young professionals, working adults, and the elderly. How do we reform the current system to encourage innovation practices that meet the new housing needs of these groups?

Join CHPC on Thursday, May 17th for a breakout session at NYSAFAH’s annual conference in New York. The session, entitled “Shifting Demographics: How to House a Changing Population,” will be moderated by CHPC Executive Director Jerilyn Perine.

Panelists include:

Matthew Blesso, Blesso Properties
Maya Brennan, Center for Housing Policy
Chris Cirillo, The Richman Group Development Corporation
Kaye Matheny, NYC Department …

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Making Room – Making a Splash!

The Making Room Design Showcase and Symposium was a tremendous success! Participants and attendees alike were energized by the possibilities for expanding housing types presented, and the potential for substantive change in the City's housing regulations. Making Room is also generating a lot of attention from the press. Please visit our Facebook page for updates on the most current coverage. Making Room is the latest phase in CHPC's ongoing examination of the mismatch between New York's population and its available housing stock. The design showcase brought together five highly respected architects to present their ideas for reshaping NYC's housing stock to better meet the needs of diverse 21st century households. Read more

Making Room Video!

Urban Omnibus is an online project of the Architectural League of New York; CHPC partners in the upcoming Making Room Design Challenge & Showcase Event.  The Omnibus features multi-media content to showcase design innovation, critical analysis and local expertise across a broad range of topics and locales, creating bridges between various communities of interest.

And this month, they have made a video all about Making Room! It features Jerilyn Perine,  CHPC board member Matt Blesso and a number of other housing, architecture and community development leaders, as well as items from the CHPC Marian Sameth & Ruth Dickler Archival …

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