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Housing Action : Innovating for Affordable Living in Cities

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AIA CES: 1.5 CES credits

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2018

Where: The Center for Architecture | 536 LaGuardia Place NYC, NY


During the era of Modernism, architects led the charge in addressing housing shortage – devising innovative formal, technical, and organizational strategies for mass housing at a time of rapid urbanization and post-war global crisis.  In America, as the problems endemic to modern public housing grew and state sponsorship declined, architects dis-engaged from social housing, turning the subject into a question of policy.

Over the past 20 years, as the desirability of living in cities has rapidly increased, housing affordability has become the most common issue confronting cities globally.  At a time when the traditional governmental mechanisms for funding the production and maintenance of quality affordable housing have largely been dismantled, architects have re-engaged - seeking innovative alternatives for developing and designing affordable housing.  A series of new paradigms have emerged: micro-housing, communal or co-housing, and re-positioning existing public housing.  These diverse approaches share an engagement all aspects of housing production – from financing through design and execution.  For our next event the AIA Global Dialogues will reflect on designers today are taking action to create the next generation of affordable housing.


Brad Hargreaves – Founder, Common
Hana Kassem – Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox
Jinhee Park – Founder, Single Speed Design


Fred Harris - Managing Director, Jonathan Rose Companies

Global Dialogue Co-Chairs: 

Elie Gamburg - Director, Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF)
Benjamin Gilmartin - Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR)

Event Co-Chairs: 

Merica May Jensen - Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR)
Jaclyn Jung - Associate Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Organized by: AIANY Global Dialogues Committee

Price: Free