The Next 100 Years of Affordable Housing

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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El Jardin de Selene, Melrose Commons. Photo by David Schalliol. Used with permission.

El Jardin de Selene, Melrose Commons. Photo by David Schalliol. Used with permission.

Matthew Gordon Lasner and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, the co-authors of Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies that Transformed a City (2015; Princeton University Press) host a free, public panel discussion on the future of a livable New York City for the other 99%. Panelists include Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority; Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, architect of Nehemiah Spring Creek, the Brook, and other innovative affordable housing complexes; Gwendolyn Wright, professor architecture, history, and art history, Columbia University; Joseph Heathcott, associate professor of urban studies, The New School; Carol Lamberg, former executive director, Settlement Housing Fund.

Matthew Gordon Lasner, assistant professor of urban studies and planning at Hunter, is also the author of High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century.

Nicholas Dagen Bloom is associate professor of social science and director of the Urban Administration program at N.Y. Institute of Technology. His books include Public Housing that Worked: New York in the Twentieth Century.

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