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2014 Residency: Total Reset

Mayor de Blasio has declared a “total reset” for public housing in New York. At the same time, the decline of affordable housing options has become New Yorkers' greatest concern.  In response, Total Reset presents four innovative research and design proposals for public and affordable housing in New York, created by the inaugural Institute for Public Architecture Fellows (IPA). The Fellows were in residence in Sugar Hill and developed their projects over the course of the exhibition, connecting design, policy, and community engagement.  Total Reset featured public workshops with Sugar Hill community members, housing experts, and designers.

A summer 2014 "Total Reset" exhibition was on view in the Sugar Hill Apartments, as part of the No Longer Empty's "If You Build It," in addition to a dedicated website for the residency.

Sagi, Miriam, Nathan

2014 IPA Fellow



New York City currently requires housing developers to build parking spaces in proportion to a development’s number of apartments, each space measuring nine by 18 feet. Where existing requirements can result in underutilized spaces, the research and design project “9x18” explores how updated parking rules could create new potentials for affordable housing.

Sagi Golan is an architect and urban designer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tel Aviv University (2011) and an M.S. in architecture and urban design from Columbia University (2013). 

Miriam Peterson’s interest in architecture grew from her studies in Urban Economics at Cornell University, and was continued in her graduate work at Yale University School of Architecture.

Nathan Rich received his BA from Wesleyan University and his Master of Architecture from Yale University where he was awarded the James Gamble Rogers Memorial Fellowship.

Quilian Riano

2014 IPA Fellow


ShareWhat?! is an open platform that looks at housing outside of the individual unit, the Historical Context of sharing spaces and services in New York City, the Current Practices of housing collectives, cooperatives and unions. The spatial configurations and processes of decision-making and conflict resolution that help these projects work is of especial interest. After those processes – and the spaces in which they occur – are documented and diagrammed we will begin to postulate Future Visions on how sharing and solidarity practices can affect future architectural and urban design of housing.

Quilian Riano is the founder and principal of DSGN AGNC, a collaborative design/research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism, art and activism.

Kaja Kuhl

2014 IPA Fellow

New York is My Home


An exhibition of “Postcards from Home,” sent by New Yorkers, documents what we value about our houses, our blocks, our neighborhoods, and the city we live in.

Kaja Kühl was selected along with her the 5 Borough Studio. The 5 Borough Studio is the first studio in a three-semester sequence in the Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. It is held each summer from June to August. Three ambitions guide the first Urban Design Studio: to nurture a design process specific to existing urban environments; to critically consider site and program; and to interrogate the role of Urban Design as serving the public as a client. 

Mountain Lake
Beach Huts
Ferris Wheel
Palm Trees
City Cycle
Misty Slopes
Fire Wood
Foggy Pier
Cafe in Autumn



The Institute for Public Architecture acknowledges our generous “Total Reset” supporters.


Sponsors              Artec Construction           Morris Adjmi


Supporters          Belden Tri-State Building Materials          James Cohan Gallery          The Hudson Companies          Shoshana Perry and Noel Wiggins


Friends                 Andrew Bellak           Pat Sapinsley           Brad Stonberg

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