REFRAMING HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: HOW CHANGES IN DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND REGULATION COULD REDUCE THE COST OF HOUSING

REFRAMING HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: HOW CHANGES IN DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND REGULATION COULD REDUCE THE COST OF HOUSING

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

What can be done to reduce the cost of housing, particularly in the United States?

To help answer this question, we hosted a half-day event for practitioners, scholars, policymakers, and others involved with the design, development, construction, and public oversight of housing for an afternoon of discussion, brainstorming, and networking.

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AGENDA 
Piper Auditorium

1:00-1:15 pm
WELCOME

 

Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies; Lecturer in Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design [SLIDES]

1:15-2:25 pm
DESIGNING MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

  • Andrew Freear, Loeb Fellow and Director of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, who has been developing prototypes for building inexpensive homes in poor rural areas. [SLIDES]
  • Brian Phillips, Principal, ISA Architects, a firm based in Philadelphia and Cambridge whose portfolio includes 100K Houses and other efforts to produce small, well-designed, super-green residential units. [SLIDES]
  • Michael Thomas, Director of Business Development, Panoramic Interests, a San Francisco development firm focused on building supportive housing for the homeless, housing for students, seniors, artists, and others. [SLIDES]
  • Moderator: Katie Swenson, VP, National Design Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Katie directs Enterprise’s Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and its Rose Architectural Fellowship program.

2:25-3:35 pm
NEW APPROACHES TO CONSTRUCTION

  • Randy Miller, CEO, RAD Urban, a design, engineering, construction, and development firm building high-rise, modular residential buildings. [SLIDES]
  • James Shen, Loeb Fellow and co-founder of People’s Architecture Office, which developed pre-fabricated structures used to upgrade housing in Beijing’s central historic districts. James has been examining ways to bring this approach to the U.S., particularly as part of efforts to create more Accessory Dwelling Units. [SLIDES]
  • Fritz Wolff, Co-founder of Katerra, a major multifamily general contractor that "is bringing the technology, design, and supply chain innovations that revolutionized Silicon Valley to the world of architecture and construction." [SLIDES]
  • Moderator: Frank Anton, Senior Industry Fellow, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, and former CEO of Hanley Wood, a leading source of information for the construction industry.

 3:50-5:00 pm

ADDRESSING REGULATORY & POLITICAL OBSTACLES

  • Jesse Kanson-Benanav, Chair, A Better Cambridge, a citywide resident group committed to building a more diverse and sustainable city, with housing for all people.
  • Adhi Nagraj, San Francisco director for SPUR; former director of development for Bridge Housing; and chair of the Oakland Planning Commission and its Design Review Committee
  • Harriet Tregoning, former Loeb Fellow; former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development; former Director of Washington DC’s Office of Planning; former Director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design; and former Maryland Secretary of Planning. 
  • Moderator: Shekar Narasimhan, Senior Industry Fellow, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies; Managing Partner at Beekman Advisors, which provides strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in real estate, mortgage finance, affordable housing and related sectors.

5:00-5:30 pm
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: REFLECTIONS ON THE AFTERNOON

  • Terri Ludwig, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national nonprofit that creates affordable homes and strengthens communities across the United States.
  • Marc Norman, Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan, Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning and founder of Ideas and Action, a multidisciplinary consultancy focusing on housing and economic development.
  • Surella Segu, Co-founder of El Cielo Architects in Mexico City and current Loeb Fellow, who was head of the Urban Development Department for Infonavit, which has funded about three-quarters of all housing loans in Mexico. [SLIDES]
  • Moderator: Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies; Lecturer in Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

5:30-6:30 pm (Porticos)
RECEPTION & POSTER SESSION OF STUDENT WORK

Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

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Co-sponsored by the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

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