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Silvernails / Amalgam Studio

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  • Architects: Amalgam Studio
  • Location: Columbia County, United States
  • Area: 5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Oliver Mint
  • Interior Design: Amalgam Studio
  • Lighting Design: Amalgam Studio (collaboration with Lumens.com)
  • Structural & Responsible Engineer: Ross Dalland Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Weston & Sampson
  • Mechanical, Green Building & Environmental Consultancy: Baukraft Engineering
  • Landscape Design: Jamie Purinton
  • Builder/ General Contractor/ Construction Company: Black Oak Builders
  • Timber Structure Sub Contractor: New Energy Works
  • Sip Sub Contractor: Foard Panel
  • Glazing Sub Contractor: Bewiso
  • Pool Sub Contractor: Bolus Pools

7 Lessons from New York's New Affordable Housing Design Guide

Broadway Housing in Santa Monica, by Kevin Daly, was identified by the report as a case study for its circulation. Image © Iwan Baan Broadway Housing in Santa Monica, by Kevin Daly, was identified by the report as a case study for its circulation. Image © Iwan Baan

When we think of public housing architecture in the United States, we often think of boxes: big, brick buildings without much aesthetic character. But the implications of standardized, florescent-lit high-rises can be far more than aesthetic for the people who live there. Geographer Rashad Shabazz, for one, recalls in his book Spatializing Blackness how the housing project in Chicago where he grew up—replete with chain link fencing, video surveillance, and metal detectors—felt more like a prison than a home. Accounts of isolation, confinement, and poor maintenance are echoed by public housing residents nationwide.