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The Housing System | State of Good Repair

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Scholastic Big Red Auditorium

130 Mercer Street

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Taking care of what we already have often gets short shrift. Housing policy, arguably, and architecture, certainly, typically emphasize the new, but from the perspectives of equity, sustainability, and plain practicality, we should be paying more attention to the buildings we already have. This is particularly true for housing: Building new consumes substantial resources, both material and financial, while recent crises related to heat, lead paint, and water failures in aging buildings have highlighted the dangers of neglect. At the same time, cities need to take steps to fortify buildings for the future—preparing for sea level rise, dealing with population changes, and getting to carbon neutral—which will require massive renovations and overhauling existing systems. This program will focus on what it takes to maintain, steward, and improve our existing housing stock and the range of labor, skills, and expertise needed to make that happen.

Participants include Jennifer Davis (Resident Manager, Greenwich Tower), Laurie Kerr (President, lk POLICY LAB), Shannon Mattern (Professor, New School for Social Research), and V. Mitch McEwen (Principal, McEwen Studio and co-founder, A(n) Office).

This event is part of The Housing System, a spring 2019 series of programs on pressing issues at the intersection of design, policy, and politics in housing.




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