Queens Houses

Queens Houses by Rafael Herrin-Ferri

All the Queens Houses is an ongoing photographic survey by architect/artist Rafael Herrin-Ferri of the idiosyncratic housing stock of New York’s largest borough: Queens.

It seeks to document the informal qualities of the housing stock and the fascinating phenomena of a suburban landscape becoming urban.

Queens is often regarded as the most ethnically and linguistically diverse place in the world, and the residents’ taste in housing is naturally eclectic. It has a more “globalized” postmodern aesthetic and is largely a “designer-free” zone, especially when compared to Manhattan and Brooklyn. A combination of greatly altered developer tracts and small-lot private construction has produced a constantly changing “mosaic” of vernacular architecture in a sea of low-rise housing.

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