The 2017 Jim Vlock Building Project includes a pavilion on the New Haven Green for the International Festival for Arts and Ideas . The pavilion explores notions of home through the voices of New Haven residents experiencing homelessness. Concurrently, a summer-long exhibit of student work will run in the Yale School of Architecture Gallery.


What is a home? Tent or shelter bed, tiny house or mansion—what makes it feel like one? Right now, about 600 men, women and children in New Haven are homeless – on the streets and in shelters. With the loss of a job, a sudden illness, an unexpected bump in the road, most any one of us could join them. This year, first-year graduate students and faculty from the Yale School of Architecture have combined forces with Columbus House, now in its 35th year of helping, sheltering and finding homes for people who are experiencing homelessness. Together, Columbus House and Sthe students are designing and building a home for people who lack one. The home will be able to be assembled on any site. And, with Columbus House’s help, it will be attentive to the particular needs of the people who will make it theirs. The collaboration has fostered an important, layered conversation. During the Festival of Arts and Ideas, you can join it.

On the Green

June 17-24, 10am-4pm daily, Downtown New Haven An installation on the Green allows you to see and hear a range of voices and responses related to having—and not having—a home.

Architecture Gallery

May 22-August 15, 8am-5pm daily, 180 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511
An exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture takes you through the thinking, research and designs/proposals produced by the collaboration.