Previous Events


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.

The State of the Nation's Housing Research Seminar

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019
In this brown bag lunch, Daniel McCue, a senior research associate at the Center who oversaw our latest State of the Nation's Housing report, will discuss the key findings, including how the shortfall in new housing is putting pressure on house prices and rents and eroding affordability for modest-income households in many markets.

Open House: Joint Center for Housing Studies

Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
Come learn more about the Joint Center for Housing Studies, a collaborative unit of the Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School that carries out research, offers fellowships and grants, provides data, and hosts events on a variety of topics related to housing and community development.