International Arts and Ideas Festival, New Haven CT


The 2017 Building Project is the first collaboration between the Yale School of Architecture and Columbus House, a local organization committed to serving those who are or have experienced homelessness in New Haven. 


In celebration of the new partnership between the Yale School of Architecture and Columbus House, a small group of students designed and constructed an exhibition for the International Arts and Ideas Festival.


The exhibit sought to raise awareness of housing affordability specifically in New Haven. It illustrated historical events and policies that institute unequal housing access in visual and text form and captured the stories of people who experienced homelessness in voice recordings. Using a range of media to draw a diverse group of visitors, passersby were invited to engage with the display around a large wooden table under a generous flowing canopy in the center of the New Haven Green. 

As the Fabrication Coordinator, I oversaw and managed the process of realizing this exhibit, from arranging materials and work spaces to preparing cross-laminating timber and stainless steel tubes for assembly to the scheduling classmates to install the structure on site. 

The Exhibition Pavilion invited people under its canopy to rest and learn about housing issues, highlighting a history of discrimination and local voices of those experiencing homelessness in New Haven.