Affordable Living: A Requirement for Sustainable & Equitable Cities


Cities and towns across the nation are grappling with a crisis of affordable living. While some symptoms and strategies are universal, each geographical, social, economic, and political context requires a tailored approach in developing more equitable and resilient communities. Design professionals, public health specialists, policymakers, and community members alike must all come together to best ensure the places we call home are designed in the best interest for all. This panel will explore the topic of housing affordability in three distinct locales through the lenses of architects and planners, both in private practice and non-profit organizations, sharing the common goal of developing quality and affordable housing for all.  Hosted by Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC).

Learning objectives

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Reimagine the roles of architects and other design professionals in the development of affordable housing projects and neighborhoods.
  • Explore how community engagement in design and development processes can contribute to more equitable and affordable communities.
  • Identify what “affordable housing” means, who it is designed for, and how that differs across geographic and political contexts in the United States.
  • Investigate the interaction of design and policy in the pursuit of more affordable living.

This session was recorded live on October 11, 2022.


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