Housing Lessons
In 1968, the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC) was created and given broad powers and resources to “improve the physical environment for low- and moderate-income families.” In eight years, the UDC built 33,000 units of housing and three new communities, which still provide affordable housing today. In 2005, a group of architects, planners, policymakers, public advocates and environmental psychologists presented an exhibition at the AIA Center for Architecture to evaluate the legacy of the UDC and its lessons for today’s housing crisis. Through this website, you can explore the history of the UDC, the recent exhibition, and current resources on affordable housing.