This housing competition for the City of New York envisioned a community of affordable housing on a neglected and underused island that once contained a notorious mental institution. With fixed boundaries and an inviolate spatial surround, the island hardly seemed a candidate for the endless grids that characterize American cities (and dictate both their speculative economy and dispersed amenities) and even less a subject for traditional modernist housing.

This housing competition for the City of New York envisioned a community of affordable housing on a neglected and underused island that once contained a notorious mental institution. With fixed boundaries and an inviolate spatial surround, the island hardly seemed a candidate for the endless grids that characterize American cities (and dictate both their speculative economy and dispersed amenities) and even less a subject for traditional modernist housing.

This housing competition for the City of New York envisioned a community of affordable housing on a neglected and underused island that once contained a notorious mental institution. With fixed boundaries and an inviolate spatial surround, the island hardly seemed a candidate for the endless grids that characterize American cities (and dictate both their speculative economy and dispersed amenities) and even less a subject for traditional modernist housing.

This housing competition for the City of New York envisioned a community of affordable housing on a neglected and underused island that once contained a notorious mental institution. With fixed boundaries and an inviolate spatial surround, the island hardly seemed a candidate for the endless grids that characterize American cities (and dictate both their speculative economy and dispersed amenities) and even less a subject for traditional modernist housing.

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