Editor’s Statement

Although the ever more-pertinent issue of housing continues to manifest more and more both in academia (there are three housing studios at Yale just this semester), and the media (affordable housing discussed but rarely addressed), the conversation is detrimentally partitioned: politicians speak to developers, developers speak to investors, architects speak […]


TOM ANGOTTI teaches at Hunter College, where he directs the Center for Community Planning & Development (CCPD). His recent book, Zoned Out, outlines gentrification and displacement of low-income communities of color across New York City, and seeks to resist these inequalities through authentic community-based planning. This is an excerpt from […]


REINHOLD MARTIN teaches at Columbia GSAPP, where he directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. Much of his recent work directly addresses housing through publication and exhibition, including the recent book, Art of Inequality, ‘Foreclosed,’ an exhibition at the MOMA, and House Housing at the […]


JESKO FEZER is an architect, writer, activist, editor of political architecture magazine An Architektur, and designer of the R50 Baugruppen, a cohousing project shared by 19 families, including his own. The R50 is an investigation of collective ownership, shared resources, delayed decision making, and building/living together. This is an excerpt […]


ELIZABETH PLATER-ZYBERK is an architect, urban designer and planner, and a founder of the Congress for New Urbanism. Her work shaping the tenets of New Urbanism was instrumental to the design and legislation of both private and public housing in recent decades. This is an excerpt from a longer conversation. […]


ANN MARIE STAUDENMAIER is an Attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, a legal advocacy group that provides low barrier, comprehensive legal services to those who struggle with homelessness and poverty. In addition to working directly with clients, she also addresses policy and implementation. This is an excerpt […]

The Problem with the Housing Problem

MARTIN MAN (M. Arch I ’19) is a first year M.Arch I currently participating in the 2017 Jim Vlock Building Project. This year’s Jim Vlock Building Project has been notable for its significant departure from the model followed by the projects of the past decade or so. Instead of constructing […]

Claiming the Void: observations on shelter in Mumbai

DAVID BRUCE (M. Arch I ’20, MEM ’20) The following is adapted from a blog post written in February of 2014 on David’s 2013-2014 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The project was an investigation of coastal resilience in Rotterdam, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dhaka, Jakarta, and Ho Chi Minh. In Mumbai, squatters grow […]

Book Review

THADDEUS LEE Review of The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsinga   The Mushroom at the End of the World tells the enchanting story of matsutake and the various ecological, ethnographic and commercial assemblages it participates in across the globe. Be prepared to join Tsing […]