All the Queens Houses

Rafael Herrin-Ferri in conversation with Joseph Heathcott Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The Architectural League of New York The event is free, but registration is required: register here. All the Queens Houses is an ongoing photographic survey by architect/artist Herrin-Ferri of the (in)formal qualities of the borough’s attached, semi-detached, and detached houses and small apartment buildings. The survey explores the themes of identity, differentiation, and adaptation in the low-rise housing stock of Queens, often regarded as the most ethnically and linguistically diverse place in the world. To celebrate the installation, The Architectural League will host a reception and discus

Makeshift Urbanity

Photographer David Helbich has an eye for the quirks, riggings, and make-do solutions that comprise a good measure of the everyday landscape of cities. While his project "Belgian Solutions" traces these little interventions in the streets and neighborhoods of Brussels, they resonate much more broadly in cities around the world. His observation that Brussels is a kind of "taped together" city offers a metaphor for efforts by ordinary people to maintain urban infrastructure amid declining public investments. You can see more of Helbich's work here.

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