We have conducted on-going research on the history of Loft Law in NYC and that research continues to this day. We were Institute for Public Architecture Fellows in the summer of 2016 charretting and dialoguing with a group of fellows and community members to redefine the possibility of Live/Work spaces in NYC. The prompt of the fellowship asked what would affordable Live/Work spaces look like? The Mayor's ONE NYC calls for 3000 units of Live/Work, yet it is not defined in current building codes.
We mapped Loft Law buildings and Industrial Business Zones (IBZs) to learn about where these buildings were sited in the 5 boroughs and in relation to IBZs. Then, we conducted personal interviews with Loft Law tenants in 3 buildings in Brooklyn to tell the human story of who these New Yorkers are. Next, we looked at these Interim Multiple Dwelling (IMD) buildings, which must undergo conversions to become legal residential buildings, as micro-hubs of culture and creative entrepreneurship. We expanded on this notion, by studying the possiblility that these large-scale formerly industrial building's roofs could provide micro-grids bringing energy to their immediate neighbors.
Institute for Public Architecture Fellowship Team: J. Torres Moskovitz with Angie Co and Xiaoyin Li. Support team: Dan Asoli, Gery Vargas, Thomas Kuei, Meghan Grimes