Unity Housing

Public Housing Redesigned 

Researched the problem of family homelessness in New York City and designed Unity Housing, an updated model of a community development corporation. Unity Housing builds clusters of affordable housing on vacant land, provides shared ownership and appropriate social services in addition to financing that guarantees the apartments remain affordable for families making less than 30% of the area median income.

Team: Michelle Kwon, Rhea Kakshit

Shared tasks: researching, interviewing, ideating, design

Primary roles: systems mapping, storytelling, researching and prototyping scenario




This project remains a proposal for a housing model, but we were pleased to see a very similar proposal on display at an exhibit at the MoMA in NYC. Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities brought together six interdisciplinary teams of researchers and designers to explore new architectural possibilities for six cities: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

SITU Studio put together a compelling proposal where, instead of using vacant land to fund a new housing development like we did, they sold air rights to fund the project.