Theodore Liebman, FAIA, is a Principal at Perkins Eastman, a global architectural firm and a board member of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization. He is a leading expert in the design of large-scale urban developments. His work is dedicated to issues of housing, lifestyle, and culture in the urban environment as part of a comprehensive view of long-term sustainability that has challenged the limits of density and celebrated resilient urban communities. He engages in dialogue with governments, investors, developers, and students to examine the impacts of development on people and the environment to improve cities and shape future settlements. He received a B. Arch. from Pratt Institute, M. Arch. from Harvard University GSD and the Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture. In 1970-71, he was awarded the Wheelwright Travelling Fellowship in Architecture from Harvard. He is an adjunct professor @ NYU and has lectured extensively and served on architectural juries at many universities in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
Today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2030, it is projected that 6 in 10 people will be urban dwellers. While this means different things in different corners of the globe, the consensus is clear: cities provide efficient economies of scale, access to a range of amenities, good public transit, and convenience. Despite drawbacks like congestion, poor planning, and aging infrastructure, we know that with risk-informed planning and management, cities can become incubators for innovation and sustainable development. But the common denominator, without which none of the aforementioned can occur, is good and equitable housing.
New York City is currently undergoing a crisis of affordability. Our low-income citizens who do not live in NYCHA housing are forced to live far from their workplaces, share dwellings in already overcrowded buildings, live in housing that’s in dire need of repair and refurbishment, or even all of the above. So this affordability crisis doubles as a housing crisis.