[x_text class=”justify-text “]The national failure of post-war low income housing is also an architectural failure. The systemic demolition and application of a high-rise-in-the-park typology can now been defined as fundamentally anti-urban. But the scale of its achievement (in New York City 2600 buildings on 154 sites with over 400,000 residents) and its population’s lack of political leverage have allowed its destructive presence to languish. At least until now.

New York City’s current residential building boom has perhaps finally tipped the balance. Whether for the potential to extract revenue from the superblocks excess of open space or the need for massive restoration after having passed their 50 year warranted life span, interest in finally doing something to address the anomaly of the public housing super block has arrived.

Pratt Institute’s Undergraduate Architecture Department addressed just this problem with a studio called “Reinventing Public Housing.” Students were asked to examine ways that the low income super block site could be recuperated urbanistically so as to become a vital, interconnected part of the living city, rather than the stand alone, stigmatized, second ghetto that it is today.[/x_text]