Housing + Homes
Historically, affordable housing has suffered from a lack of resources, including creative capital. Elevating the quality of design in affordable housing and community development requires a shift in public awareness, client education, and advocacy for quality during value engineering. Decades of research and experience in the field has resulted in a library of tools and resources to support architects and designers in all stages of design and development.
Attendees will hear from architects and designers engaged in community-based work across the country, and gain an understanding of the experiences and knowledge that led to the creation of this wide range of tools and resources. In small groups, participants will able to practice and test these resources - from a card game that teaches about the realities of housing costs to a pre-development toolkit to tangible strategies for community engagement - before closing with a moderated panel discussion.