All the Queens Houses: An Architectural Portrait
- Explore the highly idiosyncratic housing stock of New York City’s largest and most diverse borough
- See some of the more than two hundred color photographs Herrin-Ferri collected from every neighborhood in the borough, from Astoria to Auburndale, Long Island City to Laurelton, and College Point to Far Rockaway, for his book All the Queens Houses
- Get an inside look at the process of capturing photographs from across the borough in the height of the pandemic
About the event:
The borough of Queens has long been celebrated as the melting pot of America. Over a million foreign-born residents call it home, yet its houses are relatively unknown. Starting in 2013, Spanish-born architect and artist Rafael Herrin-Ferri made these buildings the subject of a block-by-block photo survey project that concluded seven years later in 2020. This first comprehensive publication features over two-hundred images of highly idiosyncratic residential structures that characterize the global building aesthetic of Queens. In All the Queens Houses, frontal, New Objective-style house portraits are accompanied by interpretive texts revealing a colorful history of alterations and architectural references, while full-page detail shots and street perspectives reflect on the “World’s Borough” from a more personal and pedestrian point of view.
In this virtual talk, photographer Rafael Herrin-Ferri will take the audience on a tour of Queens through his photographs of the quirky and unique architectural features found in the borough! You can purchase your own copy of All the Queens Houses here!
About Rafael Herrin-Ferri:
Rafael Herrin-Ferri is a Spanish-born architect and artist living in Woodside, Queens. He received a B.Arch from Cornell University in 1996 and spent the following six years working in architectural studios in San Francisco and Barcelona—including a seven-month stint with the late great Catalan architect, Enric Miralles. He returned to New York City in 2003 where he realized two private house commissions inspired by the local fauna while working in various award-winning Manhattan design studios.
Rafael’s longstanding interest in vernacular architecture led him to initiate an independent photographic survey of the idiosyncratic housing styles of his home borough of Queens, titled “All the Queens Houses.” The photographs have been published widely and were also the subject of a solo-exhibit at The Architectural League of New York in 2017.
An eponymous book by Berlin-based Jovis Verlag was published in October of 2021.
All photos by Rafael Herrin-Ferri
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