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Affordable Housing Now Wants to Look Cool, Not Crush Souls

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We don't usually associate affordable housing with architectural craziness, but since there's a whole MoMA panel tomorrow evening devoted to "innovative and provocative homeless housing solutions," we guess it's now a trend that exists. We reached out to architect Jonathan Kirschenfeld, who'll be speaking on the panel and is the man behind Brownsville's daylight-harvesting Domenech. Kirschenfeld, who sent along some renderings and construction shots, above, of a few new affordable housing projects, notes that, because there are no inexpensive rectangular lots left, most of these buildings are going up on oddly-shaped sites. Which adds to the design challenges, we're sure, but that only makes them more fun, right?
· Homeless Housing: LA and NY [MOMA]
· Domenech coverage [Curbed]