Chrystie-Forsyth Housing Development, "Modern Architecture: International
Exhibition" (MoMA, New York 1932): 146
This project, the result of five years of doctoral research, offers an interesting opportunity to address the study of New York public housing from the standpoint of architectural history. While focusing on the Swiss-American architect William Lescaze and restoring him to his rightful place in the history of twentieth-century architecture, the book deals with a number of fundamental architectural and social concerns: the role played by a first generation of European emigre architects in the definition of New York architecture during the New Deal; these émigrés social responsibility and the role of architecture itself in the shaping of public housing programs; and the encounter between the American planning tradition of the 1920s with European models that gradually came to be accepted by housing reformers and federal agencies for North American public housing until the 1960s.
Gaia Caramellino is a postdoctoral fellow at the Politecnico di Torino. She teaches architectural history at the Politecnico di Milano and is the national coordinator and principal investigator of the research project Architectures for the Middle Class in Italy 1950s–1970s: for a social history of dwelling, funded by the Italian government through a program to support emerging scholars. Caramellino has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants for her work specializing in the history of housing models, theories, policies, and cultures. She was visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in 2011. Her most recent works are Storie di case. Abitare l'Italia del boom (Rome, 2013) and Willliam Lescaze. Un architetto europeo nel New Deal (Milan, 2010).