Donald Albrecht

Making Room:
New Models for Housing New Yorkers

Museum of the City of New York

Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers showcased innovative design solutions to better accommodate New York City’s changing, and sometimes surprising, demographics, including a rising number of single people. It featured a full-sized, flexibly furnished micro-studio apartment of just 325 square feet—a size prohibited in most areas of the city. Visitors saw models and drawings of housing designs by architectural teams commissioned in 2011 by Citizens Housing and Planning Council, in partnership with the Architectural League of New York. The exhibition also presented designs from the Bloomberg administration’s pilot competition to test new housing models, as well as examples set by other cities in the United States and around the world, including Seattle, Providence, Montreal, San Diego, and Tokyo.

Working with Citizens Housing and Planning Council’s policy analyst Sarah Watson and co-curator Andrea Renner, Mr. Albrecht conceived the exhibition’s themes and organization; identified its designer; and wrote exhibition wall text.


Extensive coverage in all media (print, radio, television and digital): New York Daily News; New York Post; New York Times; Associated Press national outlets; 1010 WINS; special NPR segment; WCBS; CNN; Fox 5; Brazilian, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian television; Curbed

Co-curator: Andrea Renner
Exhibition and graphic design: Pure+Applied
Lighting design: Anita Jorgensen
Photographs: John Halpern

Donald Albrecht