Articles, Reviews, Links

Affordable Housing in the Age of Trump

Read this insightful article on the history and future of housing by Karrie Jacobs in Architect Magazine.

Friendship Court In Charlottesville Virginia Aims for Redevelopment in an Inclusive and Holistic Fashion

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The Piedmont Housing Alliance has engaged a Design Team including: Stantec Urban Places Group, Liz Ogbu and Marc Norman to create a process and a plan for engaging residents and developing opportunities for preserving and enhancing an important site in the City of Charlottesville.  Links to press on the development process can be found here

 

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JANUARY 6, 2016

Paved With Good Intentions – When Impact Design Goes Wrong

As part of Impact Design Hub’s From Failure to Resolution series, leading practitioners in the world of impact design were asked to share a few choice cautionary tales and epic blunders from their own experience in the field.

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Impact Design Hub asks about the future of education in a new feature series.  The question? What is the future of impact design education? Or, more specifically, what will the education of impact designers look like ten years from now, in the year 2025 … Click here to see the responses and add to the discussion.

 

Designing Affordability in the Press

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Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now

Designing Affordability examines the ways in which architects, engineers, planners, policy makers and ordinary citizens are creating innovative ways to reduce the cost of housing, increase opportunity, rethink the way we live and show new ways to build and maintain structures. Taking on various elements necessary for the production of housing, developers, individuals, governments and architects are designing affordability and creating models for addressing the crisis and creating new opportunities for us all.

The exhibition has been covered widely in articles available below:

 

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Hunters Point South Should Be the New Gold Standard for Affordable Housing 

“Right about now, the world’s best architects should be elbowing each other out of the way in a rush to New York.” By

 

 

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7 Smart Ways to Design Housing That’s Actually Affordable

“There is a big difference between affordable housing and housing that is affordable” By 

 

 

 

 

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“You can only build so many units given land available and government subsidies. The architects can come in and think about how to lower construction costs and rethink the way we live.” By Jessica Leber

 

 

 

 

 

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A Roof for Everyone:

The Center for Architecture’s “Designing Affordability” opens many more areas for engagement between architecture and activism.  By A.J.P. Artemel

 

 

 

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“It is sobering to think that a favela might offer a model for New York, but, given the city’s galloping wealth inequality, it might also prove to be prescient.” Full review here

 

 


 

See My Latest Article in the Journal of Urban History

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Getting Out of a Spot

Deployed Technologies and Revamped Codes for a Thriving Twenty-First-Century City

Journal of Urban History March 2015vol. 41 no. 2 227-244

With the rise of the automobile and the easy access to suburbia, there was a shift in American cities from accommodating and welcoming density to accommodating cars. With cities hollowed out, but able to accept thousands of parkers, a vibrant, multifaceted world of handsome buildings, varied activities, and casual encounters was lost. Innovative thinking regarding technology took a backseat to mimicking the ascendant suburban landscape. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, automotive access remains codified in finance, codes, and traditional thinking, hampering our now revitalizing urban environments. Practitioners, policy makers, and architects can once again create cities at once unique, welcoming, and at the forefront of innovative thinking. New technologies, smart phone applications, and entrepreneurial initiative are changing urban life. By systematizing these disparate innovations, the necessary elements for vibrant streetscapes and better urban form can be created. Read full article here:


 

View 2014-15 Loeb Fellowship Talks

Meet the Loebs is an annual event to introduce the incoming Fellows to the Graduate School of Design and the wider Harvard Community.  Click here to see videos of each Fellow’s Presentation.

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 Design Futures Yearbook is Out!

The Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum is a five-day, interdisciplinary forum bringing together student leaders from across the country with practitioner- and university-faculty who represent some of the most important thought leadership in this emerging sub-discipline. We frame the conversation broadly, but try to engender leadership and skill-building for future leaders hoping to use design as a tool for social equity and positive change in underserved communities. The 2014 convening in New Orleans is covered in the yearbook which can be viewed here

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NEW CITY BOOK SERIES

Currently available are the new City Series publications, a joint imprint of the Syracuse University School of Architecture and Princeton Architectural Press. The series explores architecture, landscape architecture, infrastructure, and planning in the redevelopment of the civic realm.

Click here for Marc Norman’s Article, “Underwriting Icicles and Leveraging Sidewalks” in Formerly Urban.

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Titles include:
From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes
Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures
New Public Works:  Architecture, Planning, and Politics
Modern American Housing:  High-Rise, Infill, Re-use
American City “X”: Syracuse after the Master Plan


BOOK REVIEW:

 

HIGHWAYS, HOUSES & HEDGES OR “TRAINS, TOWERS & TREES”

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Marc Norman reviews architect Vishaan Chakrabarti’s new book A COuntry of Cities: A manifesto for an urban America,which celebrates the Manhattanisation of US citoes as an economically rational antidote to the damaging health and environmental effects pf sprawl. Click here for full review.