Upcoming Events

Brooklyn Queens Expressway Symposium
May 2023

Free and open to the public, the BQE 2053 Symposium, a weekend of panel discussions and BQE neighborhood walking tours, will bring all voices to the table from the IPA’s 2020 and 2022 BQE Fellowships, together with community groups, government agencies, elected officials, policy makers, and transportation experts. 

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Segregation by Design Exhibition
March 4 - April 1, 2023

The Block House will reopen on March 4 with a new screening room, highlighting an animation by Segregation by Design, mapping the relentless path of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through New York's urban fabric. Using historic aerial photography, this ongoing project aims to document the destruction of communities of color due to red-lining, “urban renewal,” and freeway construction. Through a series of stark aerial before-and-after comparisons, figure-ground diagrams, and demographic data, this project will reveal the extent to which the American city was methodically hollowed out based on race. The new screening room and updated library will reopen on weekends in March, as a preview to the expanded 2023 BQE Exhibition opening in April.

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Past Events

BQE: Community Mosaic
December 1, 2022

BQE: Why Can’t We?
November 10, 2022

Open [Block] House
August 23, 2022


Visit us at the Block House

9 Nolan Park,
Governors Island, NY

The IPA operates the only public library on Governors Island, containing a collection of literature on art, architecture, urban planning and more. Also visit our exhibition space, new for the Spring 2023 season. Reopening on March 4. 


March 4, 2023 - April 1, 2023

Saturday - Sunday: 11am-4pm
Monday - Friday: closed


Unfortunately, our facility is not accessible for visitors requiring a wheelchair. There are ten steps required to enter the main floor of the building. 

A bathroom is available for use by the public during our opening hours.

Class & Group Visits

Connect your class or group with us. Learn more about what we’re able to offer and how to request a virtual or in-person visit here.

Getting to Governors Island

Governors Island is a car-free urban park accessible only by ferry. Ferries are available year-round from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Service from Manhattan operates every half hour from the Battery Maritime Terminal (adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal) in Lower Manhattan. Tickets are required to board. Please see schedules and exceptions here.

10 South Street
New York, NY

The terminal is accessible by these public transit methods:

  • 1 train, South Ferry station
  • R train, Whitehall St station
  • 4, 5 trains, Bowling Green station 
  • M15-SBS bus
  • Citi Bike dock adjacent to the terminal

Service from Brooklyn is operated by NYC Ferry on the South Brooklyn route. Tickets are required to board. Please see schedules and ticket information here. During Summer months, additional weekend ferries are available from Red Hook and Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Please see schedules and ticket information here.

Institute for Public Architecture
45 E 20th Street Suite 500
New York, NY 10003