Columbia GSAPP Studio 2019: Art House / Nature
In Fall 2019, vPPR is teaching an advanced studio called ‘Art House’ at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture (GSAPP), which explores the recent trend of artists moving from New York City to upstate New York, in particular along the Hudson Valley, for more affordable accommodation, more space or more nature, amongst other reasons.
Artists are known as one of the driving forces behind New York City’s success as a global cultural capital. Their presence has brought the city a special allure and edginess that most places can only dream of. From Louise Bourgeois to Andy Warhol, the city has been home to some of the greatest known western artists and has acted as a bedrock for production and creativity. This was made possible because in the twentieth century artists were able to occupy cheap and spacious studios which more often than not doubled up as their home and a hub to for the artist community to gather.
However artists’ success at occupying New York City can also be viewed as their downfall – they have created a city that is no longer affordable to their occupation. It is a city where the consumption of art has now overtaken its production, where gentrification is already encroaching on even the outermost suburbs. This year, the studio will look at the ongoing phenomena of the exodus of artists from New York City to upstate New York, in particular along the Hudson Valley. Referred to as the new Brooklyn or Williamsburg, towns such as Hudson and Beacon have for a number of years already been home to artists and creatives who can’t afford to remain in the city or who may be seeking other opportunities such as more space or a change in pace of lifestyle, amongst other factors. We will focus on the relatively untouched and historical village of Coxsackie, located on the Hudson river, just 8 miles north of the town of Hudson.