Previous Events


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.

Rental Housing in the US: Findings from Our New Report

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Despite a slowdown in demand, rental markets across the US remain extremely tight, according to our new America’s Rental Housing report. Join us as Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a Research Associate at the Center and lead author of the report, discusses key findings, including how low vacancy rates, limited new construction, and a growing number of higher-income renters are driving a rental affordability crisis, particularly for middle-income renters.

Boston's Approach to Housing Innovation

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Join the Harvard Kennedy School City + Local Professional Interest Council, in partnership with the Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Rappaport Center for Greater Boston for a conversation with Sheila Dillon and Taylor Cain to discuss how Boston is focusing on housing.