"Social Housing - New European Projects" showcases affordable-housing design strategies across the continent

The upcoming “Social Housing – New European Projects” exhibition showcases various contemporary approaches to affordable housing design by architecture practices across Europe. Making its debut at the RIBA in London, the exhibition is opening at the AIA New York Center for Architecture on February 15.

Curated and designed by UK-based Karakusevic Carson Architects, the exhibition examines different typologies, emerging design approaches, and refurbishment strategies in 25 projects based in eight European countries.

Agar Grove (UK) by Hawkins\Brown + Mae. Image © Mae + Hawkins\Brown.


“At a time when the City of New York is thinking about the future of its own housing provision, we hope it will generate plenty of discussion and provide a set of meaningful case studies from which to draw practical lessons from,” says Paul Karakusevic of Karakusevic Carson Architects.

Based on a 2017 publication of the same name, the exhibition highlights 25 innovative examples of public and non-profit housing in eight European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. The exhibition will feature drawings, photographs, and 18 models of the projects, in addition to filmed interviews and a country matrix that presents an overview of contemporary social housing across Europe.

Carre Lumiere (France) by LAN architecture. Photo © LAN Architecture.
Darbishire Place (UK) by Niall McLaughlin Architects. Image © Nick Kane.
Dujardin Mews (UK) by Karakusevic Carson Architects. Image © Mark Hadden


The exhibition will be presented in conjunction with housing research findings (to be released this spring) by the NYC Public Design Commission (PDC), the Department of City Planning, the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, the Fine Arts Federation of New York, and AIANY.

Goldsmith Street (UK) by Mikhail Riches. Image © Mikhail Riches. Visualization by Arqui9.
Knikflats (The Netherlands) by biq/Hans van der Heijden. Image © Stefan Müller.
Lourmel Mixed Use Housing (France) by Trévelo & Viger-Kohler Architectes Urbanistes (TVK). Image © Julien Lanoo.
Nightingale (UK) by Karakusevic Carson Architects + Stephen Taylor + HenleyHalebrown. Image © Karakusevic Carson Architects


The firms featured in the exhibition are:

Adam Khan Architects (UK), Assemble (UK), Avenier & Cornejo Architectes (France), Chartier Dalix (France), Hans van der Heijden (The Netherlands), einszueins architektur (Austria), Hawkins\Brown (UK), Haworth Tompkins Architects (UK), Karakusevic Carson Architects (UK), Lacaton & Vassal (France), LAN architecture (France), Mae (UK), Mecanoo (The Netherlands), Mikhail Riches Architects (UK), Mole (UK), muf architecture/art (UK), Niall McLaughlin Architects (UK), s333 architecture + Urbanism (UK), Sergison Bates architects (UK and CH), TVK (France), Witherford Watson Mann (UK) and zanderroth architeckten (Germany)

All photos courtesy of AIA New York.