Alternative Housing Makes It’s Presence Known in Queens This Summer With Eco House and Colony

a77.-Gustavo-Dieguez-and-Lucas-Gilardi.-Sketch.-2013.-Courtesy-the-artist-800x340The devastating effects of natural disasters have caused many people to take another look at what life could be like while living without the conveniences of every day life. What would we do as a community if our power went out for days and weeks on end? How would we live if we had to raise families without the conveniences of grocery stores, air conditioning, power, internet? Many families were affected in the New York area by Hurricane Sandy and what, I imagine, many of us realized was how vulnerable we actually are. Without the things that many cultures live without, we cannot see what survival looks like. This Summer, two exhibits are on display in Queens to showcase alternate, more sustainable ways of living. 


The Community Environmental Center (CEC) and  Queens Botanical Garden, are co-hosting an EcoHouse at the Garden in Flushing Queens. The EcoHouse, a mobile, interactive, environmental education center, will be open to visitors during the summer series. Resembling a red-brick house-on-wheels, the 46-foot-long EcoHouse contains displays about energy-efficient lighting, water conservation, energy-efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems – and many other energy-efficient devices and measures for one’s home or apartment.

WHEN: July 3-August 30th  Tuesday-Sunday, 8am- 6pm

WHERE: The QBG Parking Garden, where the exhibit will be housed, is located at 42-80 Crommelin Street in Flushing, near College Point Blvd.

HOW MUCH:   Admission to the Garden is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students with ID and children ages 3-12. Free for QBG members.  Admission to the Garden is free on Wednesdays 3:00pm – 6:00pm, and Sundays 4:00pm to 6:00pm.


As a part of the MOMA PS1 Expo 1 show, this outdoor exhibit features Argentinian architecture firm a77 that is creating a colony in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard in which artists, thinkers, architects, and other cultural agents are invited to live and work communally. The colony works with recycled and salvaged materials to create temporary housing within the walls of MOMA.

WHEN: Now through September 2, 2013 from 12–6 PM, Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

WHERE: 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City NY

HOW MUCH: Admission is a suggested $10 for adults and $5 for students.