New Media

  • Housing Works History
    Gavin Browning, Glen Cummings & Laura Hanna

Andrew Coamey and architect Alan Wanzenberg at the Keith D. Cylar House Health Center, 743 East 9th St, New York City, December 2015.

This multimedia online oral history illuminates efforts by the New York-based organization Housing Works to build supportive housing across the boroughs for homeless individuals and families living with HIV and AIDS since 1990, as well as medical services, care coordination, counseling, legal aid, harm-reduction, and a job training program. A timeline, it positions each real estate development within its social and political milieu, and considers the lived experience of these spaces through the recollections and impressions of the architects and activists who built them, as well as the residents who called them home. It narrates a new history of the development of New York by giving voice to underrepresented populations and exploring linkages between architecture, advocacy, and public health.

Gavin Browning is director of public programs and engagement at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Previously, he was director of events and public programs at the university's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He served as the first director of Columbia University's Studio-X New York. He has also worked at the independent publishers, Verso and The New Press. He cowrote and produced the animated short, The Commons (2009), and he edited the books, The Studio-X New York Guide (2010) and Group Efforts: Changing Public Space (2015). He holds a BA in English from the New School and a MS in urban planning from Columbia University.

Glen Cummings is a graphic designer and founding partner of MTWTF, a design studio whose clients include the Brooklyn Museum; Lincoln Center Theater; Dia Art Foundation; Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA); and the city of Newark. He has served as vice president of AIGA/NY, as a Design Trust for Public Space fellow, and as the cofounder of Design/Relief and GDNYC. He has taught in Yale School of Art's Graphic Design Program since 2002 and has been a visiting critic at Princeton, UCLA, Columbia, OCAD, MICA, SVA, and Parsons. Prior to founding MTWTF, he was senior art director at 2x4, directing projects for MTV, Chanel, and the Muhammad Ali Center. His work has been exhibited or presented by the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Van Alen Institute, the Architecture League, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Laura Hanna is a filmmaker and organizer. She is director of Williams, Gattis, Hammer, and James, four long-form films about death row inmates in Indiana, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, respectively. She created a short film with Birgitta Jonsdottir for Jeremy Hammond called Wikileaks and the War on Whistleblowers, and produced The American Dream for Creative Time Reports. She codirected the Perpetual Peace Project, a series installed at the New Museum, the Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Utrecht Library. In 2008, she made A Housing Urbanism Made of Waste, now part of MoMA's permanent collection, and was commissioned to produce a series of short films for the Venice Biennale of Architecture with Kyong Park and Ted Smith. She has produced and directed shorts for the Nation, the New Press, SEIU, the Art Review, OR Books, the New School, and the Slought Foundation.