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.
Over the past 25 years, forest stewardship policies in the province of Ontario have shifted away from a reliance on public initiatives to tax incentives for private property owners. In this presentation, Julia Smachylo, a Meyer doctoral fellow who is a Doctor of Design candidate at the Graduate School of Design, will discuss research on these policies she is conducting in southern Ontario.
Given the economic havoc brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Don Layton will review the major points of stress in the housing finance system that will be tested by this crisis. Taking a longer view, the discussion will also describe the intertwining of economics and politics that have dominated and, he believes, often distorted that system in negative ways.