Previous Events


Co-Living in the Sharing Economy

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Within the context of the sharing economy, populations of today are increasingly mobile, urban, and less inclined to ownership.Collaborative consumption has molded expectations of sharing, and along comes a shifting demographic of urban and non-family householders. A new form of co-housing has emerged: co-living, that is a formalized version of room-sharing, straddles the hospitality and residential sectors.

Aging in [a] Place Symposium: Planning, Design & Spatial Justice in Aging Societies

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
The United States is an aging society where economic inequality is greater than in other aging societies. Age-associated disadvantages such as declining health overlap with social determinants of health that include structural inequalities experienced by some groups throughout life and into late life. As a result, there are vast differences in people’s experiences of later life.

Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA).

New Report: Housing America's Older Adults 2019

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
As the number of households headed by those 65-74 reached an all-time high in the US last year, inequalities are becoming more evident among older adults, according to Housing America’s Older Adults 2019, a new report to be released Wednesday, October 16.

Disposable Houses: An Ethnography of “Unreal Estate” in Detroit

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
What is it like to own homes in a community of “unreal estate": a place where properties have lost almost all their value and homes often are worth less than a second-hand car? In this talk, Sharon Cornelissen, a Center postdoctoral fellow, will explore this question by discussing three years of ethnographic fieldwork she did in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood.

The Future of Modular Housing

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
FullStack Modular is a “fully integrated modular solution for design, manufacturing, and construction” in multifamily development. Roger Krulak, its founder and CEO, has extensive experience on both the construction and development sides of the real estate business.

Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
The Black in Design Conference, organized by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design African American Student Union (GSD AASU) recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design profession to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities.

Housing as History: Columbia Point and Commonwealth

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity ordered the Boston Housing Authority into receivership. Lewis H. (Harry) Spence was appointed as receiver. As Spence oversaw a massive redevelopment of the fourth largest housing authority in America, two very different housing models emerged: Columbia Point in Dorchester and Commonwealth in Brighton.

How Educational Choice Reshapes Residential Segregation's Causes and Consequences: Evidence from Los Angeles County

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019
Although choice-based school enrollment systems have substantially weakened the ties between local neighborhoods and local schools, most urban inequality research still assumes parents’ choices about where to live are closely linked to their assessments of nearby schools. In this presentation, Jared Schachner, a doctoral student in sociology and social policy who also is a Meyer Doctoral Fellow, revisits this assumption.