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What is Affordable Housing? Toolkit and Rent Regulation Rights Posters

This is a Project. It was designed by Center for Urban Pedagogy and graphic design by MTWTF and IntraCollaborative and collaborator: Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence and printed by The Prolific Group. It is dated 2010–present.

Design plays a critical role in New York–based Center for Urban Pedagogy’s work translating complex urban issues and systems into useful visual tools for everyday people. The phrase “affordable housing” has a technical definition, which can determine what is built and who gets to live there. This installation includes graphics from CUP’s What Is Affordable Housing? toolkit, showing who lives in five NYC neighborhoods, what housing is available to them at what cost, and the immense shortage of affordable housing citywide.
Helping residents shape their own future, the Center for Urban Pedagogy—in collaboration with grassroots advocates, policymakers, and design professionals—investigates complex urban issues. Chinese and English Rent Regulation Rights foldout posters explain New York City’s complex rent-stabilization laws in simple language, visually illustrating common scenarios to help Chinatown tenants understand their rights as they face pressure from landlords to vacate as neighborhood property values increase. Designs for Spanish and San Francisco editions followed.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.

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