Institute for Public Architecture

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Founded 2009
Brooklyn, United States


The Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), based in the historic Block House on Governors Island, uses design to address social, physical and environmental inequities in the city through its signature Selected Topic Fellowship and Independent Project Residency programs, and related public lectures, exhibits, and publications. The IPA believes in a future in which design is used as a tool for facilitating social justice and the public has a voice in all decisions that shape our built environment.

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The program is located at the Block House (9 Nolan Park) on Governors Island in New York City. IPA Fellows are among the first civilian residents to live on the Island since the Coast Guard’s exit in 1996. Fellows will enjoy unparalleled historic, natural, and urban resources with direct access to downtown Manhattan and waterfront Brooklyn neighborhoods via ferry. The IPA, a long-term tenant on Governors Island together with Billion Oyster Project, the Harbor School, Earth Matter, Beam Center and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, is one of more than twenty arts, cultural, educational, and environmental nonprofit organizations operating on the Island, forming a unique community that connects with a diverse and growing audience of nearly one million annual visitors.

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