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NYC Public Design Commission

Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing


Through an exploration of seven case studies, Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing illustrates how good design can help achieve a myriad of city goals. Published by the NYC Public Design Commission, this guide shares examples of excellent affordable housing developments in New York City and gives leaders concrete ideas for improving the stock of affordable homes in any city.

“Housing not only can transform residents’ lives, but also forms the building blocks for vibrant, diverse neighborhoods… Superbly designed residential developments can be lasting, place-based interventions that foster greater equity, sustainability, resiliency, and healthy living.”

Published: May 2018

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