Previous Events


LIVESTREAM: The Housing Finance System During the Pandemic and Beyond

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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.

LIVESTREAM: Caregiving During Disruption: Using the Opioid Epidemic to Discuss Caregiving Changes During Large-Scale Social Disruption

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
In this seminar, Samara Scheckler, a Center postdoctoral fellow will describe research showing that grandparents living in counties characterized by high opioid use are much more likely to act as primary caregivers for their grandchildren. Implications of this care disruption will be explored and will be used as a platform to examine caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What To Do About It

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Who becomes homeless? Why do people become homeless? How do we end homelessness? And how do we prevent it? Join us for a conversation about these questions with Beth Shinn, co-author (with Jill Khadduri) of In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What To Do About It, recently published by Wiley-Blackwell and David Luberoff, Deputy Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Harvard Real Estate Weekend 2020

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
The Harvard Real Estate Weekend is an annual conference jointly presented by The Real Estate and Development Club of the Graduate School of Design and The Real Estate Club of Harvard Business School. It aims to engage next generation leaders with industry experts through an inclusive and globally oriented forum. Together we explore, debate and advance topics that have the potential to transform the real estate industry.

What Do We Mean When We Talk About ‘Aging in Place’?

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
“Aging in place” is a personal goal for many older people and a policy goal for many governments. But the phrase appears to have multiple (often unstated) definitions and motivations, according to Ann Forsyth, the Stanton Professor of Urban Planning at GSD, and Jennifer Molinsky, a Center senior research associate, who are both researching issues related to housing and older adults.

The 2020 Conference on Poverty and Inequality

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
The Conference on Poverty and Inequality is a student-run conference at the Harvard Kennedy School. Over the past four years, the Conference on Poverty and Inequality has rapidly grown into a leading platform for students, alumni, faculty, and policy practitioners across Harvard and the Boston area who are interested in addressing issues that affect individuals and communities experiencing poverty and marginalization.

Planning the Green New Deal

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Design and Planning often wax poetic about collectively transforming the future, but realizations are harder to come by. How can activism, policy and design work together to bring about the societal transformations needed to ensure a just and habitable future?

Saving America's Cities: The Past, Present, and Future of Urban Revitalization

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Can past efforts to revitalize America’s cities inform contemporary strategies to address the problems of economic inequality, unaffordable housing, segregated neighborhoods, and deteriorating infrastructure? That question, in part, informs Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, a new book by Lizabeth Cohen, a Professor in the History Department at Harvard and former Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Architecture as a “Learning” Living Machine: DDes 2020 Conference

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
This conference will address new emerging concepts in the field of adaptive and intelligent architecture such as machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL), Robotic Buildings, Smart Homes in a form of a symposium. Co-sponsored by the Joint Center for Housing Studies.