MAKING ROOM© is a new approach to housing policy that seeks to match the design of a city’s housing stock with the needs of its households.
MAKING ROOM© is a new approach to housing policy – developed and coined by CHPC – that seeks to match the design of a city’s housing stock with the needs of its households.
The Making Room approach comprises three key areas of scrutiny:
1) How the population is really grouping itself into households and what their lifestyles are;
2) Best Practice regarding options for different housing unit typologies that can support new household arrangements and lifestyles;
3) The revision of possible zoning, planning, subsidy, and building code controls so that the development of new housing models is allowed and encouraged.
CHPC developed a unique data model and methodology that revealed a substantial mismatch between the types of housing units available in New York City and the shape of our 21st century households. Our diverse households – predominantly single people – are trying to fit themselves into homes and apartments not designed for their needs. And our housing is unable to evolve because the size, shape, and even occupancy requirements of our homes are governed by old-fashioned laws and codes.
This analysis, and the application of the Making Room approach, led us to the conclusion that New York City needs to develop three new housing types to accommodate the needs of our real households:
1. Small, efficient studios designed for single person households;
2. Legal shared housing options for unrelated adults;
3. Accessory units to make a single family home more flexible for extended families or additional renters.
In 2009, we hosted an international design symposium to acquaint a New York City audience with housing design innovation occurring all around the world that is responding to the needs of the growing single population, changing demographics, and booming cities.
In 2011, CHPC partnered with the Architectural League of New York to commission five architectural teams to take on a unique challenge: design an array of accommodating, desirable, safe living units for singles, shared households, and extended families, without the current restrictions of certain housing regulations, including minimum unit size, density calculations, and occupancy standards. The designs were presented at a showcase event at the Japan Society of New York which was made into a thirty minute film that was screened at the Center for Architecture.
Last year, Making Room made policy waves when Mayor Bloomberg issuing a Request For Proposals for the adAPT pilot project; to implement and test one of these ideas in the marketplace. Developer/architect teams were asked to design and develop a building of micro-units for single adults and small households and the winning submission is being developed on a site on East 27th Street in Manhattan by Monadnock, designed by nArchitects.
CHPC also partnered with the Museum of the City of New York to showcase all of CHPC’s work on this initiative at the Making Room museum exhibition. The exhibit ran for 9 months, garnered huge international media coverage, and attracted over 150,000 visitors.
We continue to research and analyze the real needs of our households and the lifestyles of all New Yorkers, and to shape new housing and planning policies that truly respond to these demands.
By Jerilyn Perine and Sarah Watson
One of the many ironies of life in New York City is that, in a place where people are obsessed with real estate, housing, and the ensuing discussions about what people have, who has a good deal, and what they pay for it, there is little discussion or even awareness of New York City’s housing standards.Read more
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The Case for a Conversion Program for Basement Apartments in NYC
At a time when new housing is urgently needed, this new CHPC study found that there are between 10,000 and 38,000 potential apartments that could be brought into safe and legal use in New York City without even changing the Zoning Resolution.
These thousands of apartments are in the basements of existing small homes, making them unusually advantageous. Basement conversions bring rental units to the market without having to acquire land. They add apartments without altering the size or shape of the building. They inherently rent for less than …Read more
All About Basements!
Can we boost our housing supply with basement apartments?
Join us at a launch breakfast for CHPC’s new study on BASEMENT APARTMENT LEGALIZATION to find out!
With very special guest MARY-ANNE BEDARD,
Housing Stability Policy & Strategic Investments of the City of Toronto
Join the Citizens Housing and Planning Council on Thursday February 16th for third installment of our Beds Books & Basements civic dialogue series. CHPC and featured guest, Mary-Anne Bedard, will discuss the need for flexible housing typologies in our cities and consider opportunities and challenges that each city faces in developing one such type—basement apartment conversions …Read more
Carmel Place Ribbon Cutting
Congratulations to Monadnock and their partners on the grand opening of Carmel Place, the first micro-unit building in New York City. Our board members Kirk Goodrich, Lisa Blecker, and Matt Petrula continue to be at the forefront of innovation in housing development, design and finance, helping to improve how New Yorkers live.
We are extremely happy to have supported the development of Carmel Place and the policies that made it possible. We look forward to continuing to help add more housing choices for New Yorkers and to continue Making Room in New York City.…Read more
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 …Read more
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.
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“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
CHPC Visits MyMicro Units In Production 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.A MyMicro module at the start of the production line
Capsys specializes in modular building of various …Read more
Uneven Growth Exhibit and New Ideas for Changing Household Composition
Yesterday 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 …Read more
Making Room Virtual Tour
MAKING ROOM: A VIRTUAL TOURThe “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 …Read more
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 …Read more
Living Large in Small Spaces Panel
Deputy Director, Sarah Watson, will be featured on a panel during Dwell on Design.
Date:Saturday, October 11, 2014-4:00pm to 5:00pm
About the panel:
“Micro-housing is the trend du jour—instead of expansive loft spaces, we’re seeing a shift toward city-led social housing competitions and developer-built condo towers with units marketed toward single occupants. Most New Yorkers live somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, packing into spaces between 500 and 1,000 square feet. Dwell invites David Friedlander of LifeEdited (whose Brooklyn apartment was featured in Dwell’s September 2014 issue), architect Michael Chen of Normal Projects, and Sarah Watson, deputy director …
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