Bringing Digitalization Home: How Can Technology Address Housing Challenges?

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Digitalization—the use of automated digital technologies to collect, process, analyze, distribute, use, and sell information—is spurring fundamental change in the way housing is produced, marketed, sold, financed, managed, and lived in.

This symposium will feature leading scholars and experts from academia, industry, government, and advocacy groups. Participants will examine the nature and extent of technologically-driven changes and assess whether these changes are likely to further (or hamper) efforts to address economic, social, and environmental challenges, such as housing affordability, discrimination, and climate change. Speakers will also suggest strategies that the public, private, and non-profit sectors can use to produce more equitable and environmentally sustainable housing.

Virtual & in-person, agenda and registration coming soon. (Sign our mailing list below to be notified.)

Featured Speakers: 

  • Geoff Boeing, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, USC Price School of Public Policy

  • Sara Bronin, Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

  • Roberto Charvel, MatterScale Ventures and Vander Capital Partners

  • Nestor Davidson, Fordham University School of Law

  • Mike DelPrete, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Shaun Donovan, Former Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Desiree Fields, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

  • Ann Forsyth, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

  • José Luis García del Castillo y López, Department of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

  • Robert Goodspeed, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

  • Roger Krulak, Full Stack Modular, LLC

  • Therese Peffer, California Institute for Energy and Environment, University of California, Berkeley

  • Vanessa Perry, The GW School of Business

  • Lauren Rhue, School of Business, University of Maryland

  • Kairos Shen, MIT Center for Real Estate

  • Ryan Smith, School of Design + Construction, Washington State University

  • Molly Wright Steenson, Carnegie Mellon University (Keynote)

  • Paul Waddell, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

  • Sarah Williams, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT School of Architecture and Planning

We are grateful to Qualcomm for providing the support that has enabled us to host this symposium.