Most renters spend more on housing than any other basic necessity and almost half of all renters are cost burdened, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. While cost-burdened renters almost certainly reduce spending on other necessities such as food, healthcare, and transportation, the 30 percent figure does not fully account for expenses that vary with a household’s individual circumstances.
In the 20th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, Michael Maltzan, FAIA, will discuss his work with the Skid Row Housing Trust and what it suggests about the ways in which architecture and other design professions can help address problems of housing affordability and homelessness.
Hack-A-House is a 24-hour live, online, “hackathon”-style competition, hosted by Ivory Innovations, a center created to tackle the affordable housing crisis that the United States currently faces based at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Students will be given a prompt and will have 24 hours to complete and submit their project.
In 2015, 300 families displaced by the decades-long internal armed conflict in Colombia had the opportunity to move into free housing in two new neighborhoods in Granada, a small city about 200 km south of Bogota that has become a refuge for people displaced by the armed conflict. In this presentation, Maria Atuesta, a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Meyer Fellow, will report on her research into these neighborhoods.
Equitable development, a new concept in planning and community development, holds great promise for helping low-income and minority communities become places that provide economic opportunity, affordable living, and cultural expression for all residents.
Predicted changes in weather could make wood-framed residential buildings more susceptible to mold. In this presentation, Holly Samuelson, Pamela Cabrera, and Sara Tepfer will discuss research, funded in part by our Center, that combines state-of-the-art hygrothermal simulations and mold-growth computations with data on predicted weather changes in several cool-climate US cities.
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have disproportionately affected renter households, particularly those that rely on wages from at-risk jobs. In this talk, Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a research associate at the Center, will review some of the hardships that renters are facing and the effect the pandemic will likely have on rental markets
How do we design for safe interaction, not social isolation? This virtual roundtable will present design strategies for the creation of safe and dignifying shared housing spaces for older adults in light of COVID-19.