Housing Tomorrow's City

Tower Buildings Apartments (Cobble Hill Towers), Brooklyn 1878; Alfred Tredway White (developer) William Field and Son (Architects); Photograph: © Andrew Moore, 2015; Museum of the City of New York

With a population of more than 8.6 million and growing, New York City is experiencing a housing crisis that threatens its own vitality.

Facing age-old concerns, such as rising rents and crumbling buildings, compounded by challenges of climate change and a globalized real-estate market, the city needs to determine how it will provide homes for its residents. In this series, we tackle these issues head-on as leading thinkers, designers, artists, and activists explore their most innovative and radical ideas to consider the future of housing.


This series is inspired by our Future City Lab, the interactive third gallery of New York at Its Core, the Museum's landmark permanent exhibition on New York City's 400 year history. The series is presented in memory of Future City Lab curator Hilary Ballon.

Click on a program below to learn more and purchase tickets. Additional programs to be announced, join our email list for updates, here

Our Sponsors

Major funding for New York at Its Core and associated programs provided by James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller, Pierre DeMenasce, The Thompson Family Foundation, Jerome L. Greene Foundation in honor of Susan Henshaw Jones, Heather and Bill Vrattos, Charina Endowment Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities, Citi, and Zegar Family Foundation.

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