While housing affordability is a major concern for many different groups, the younger ‘makers’ who come to NYC_ artists, digital designers, single entrepeneurs, performers, undocumented workers , culinary trainees, etc. are facing a critical challenge in finding both affordable housing and work space. In fact, the Mayor’s 10-year housing plan includes 3000 units of artist/live-work housing, but at the moment there is no funding or zoning mechanisms to support this initiative. Therefore, the 2016 IPA residency focused on proposals for innovative ways to provide a ‘starter home’ for these young workers and at the same time preserve and augment the burgeoning but fragile recovery of light manufacturing in NYC.
Located in Sunset Park, the IPA’s Fellows Residency Program provided the space, time, and community of practice, to 11 Fellows to develop design concepts enabling the creation of affordable live/work spaces for artists and “makers” that specifically address these issues of development without neighborhood displacement.