In the face of persistent social inequities and health disparities worldwide, how can architects make a meaningful contribution? Housing’s primary position in our lives, economies and the built environment makes it a natural site of intervention in the complex fight against systemic injustices. This program examines how housing projects, and the design processes behind them, can be interventions towards greater social and health equity.
Karen Kubey, guest-editor of the volume of Architectural Design (AD) of the same title, will highlight promising case studies and practices from around the world, while Brian Phillips and Deb Katz, principals of Interface Studio Architects (ISA), and Rupal Sanghvi, founder of HealthxDesign will present their work in Philadelphia and New York, on the topic of “Designing for Impact: Tools for Reducing Disparities in Health.”
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- Learn strategies for working toward social equity, including developing new forms of housing and leveraging new funding systems and policies
- Explore collaborative models of architectural practice, including partnering with allied fields and working with residents
- Learn strategies for promoting physical, mental, and social wellbeing through housing and community development
- Explore cutting-edge research by architects with public health experts on how to reduce disparities in health
Across the world, the housing crisis is escalating. Mass migration to cities has led to rapid urbanisation on an unprecedented scale, while the withdrawal of public funding from social housing provision in Western countries, and widening income inequality, have further compounded the situation. In prosperous US and European cities, middle- and low-income residents are being pushed out of housing markets increasingly dominated by luxury investors. The average London tenant, for example, now pays an unaffordable 49 per cent of his or her pre-tax income in rent. Parts of the developing world and areas of forced migration are experiencing insufficient affordable housing stock coupled with rapidly shifting ways of life.
In response to this context, forward-thinking architects are taking the lead with a collaborative approach. By partnering with allied fields, working with residents, developing new forms of housing, and leveraging new funding systems and policies, they are providing strategic leadership for what many consider to be our cities’ most pressing crisis.
Amidst growing economic and health disparities, this webinar asks how housing projects, and the design processes behind them, might be interventions towards greater social equity, and how collaborative work in housing might reposition the architectural profession at large. Karen Kubey, guest-editor of the volume of Architectural Design (AD) of the same title, will highlight promising case studies and practices from around the world, while Brian Phillips and Deb Katz, principals of Interface Studio Architects (ISA), and Rupal Sanghvi, founder of HealthxDesign will present their work in Philadelphia and New York, on the topic of “Designing for Impact: Tools for Reducing Disparities in Health.”
Karen Kubey is an urbanist and architectural educator specializing in housing and health. She co-founded the Architecture for Humanity New York chapter and New Housing New York, and was the first executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture. Karen guest-edited the current volume of Architectural Design (AD), "Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity," and has recently led a series of projects that address social equity through design, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department for the Aging, Housing Authority and Public Design Commission.
Brian Phillips, AIA & Deb Katz, AIA
ISA-Interface Studio Architects is an architecture office engaged in design and research projects in cities across the U.S. The studio works closely with project stakeholders to produce buildings, master plans, installations, and conversations that provide innovative solutions for clients while productively addressing changing climates, lifestyles, technologies, and urban environments. The firm is led by principals Brian Phillips and Deb Katz from offices in Philadelphia, PA and Cambridge, MA.
Rupal Sanghvi is the Principal of HealthxDesign, identifying untapped opportunities that leverage design decision-making about the built environment as a public health intervention, necessarily addressing the predictors of health and its determinants (open space/public realm, urban forestry, school and community gardens, affordable/supportive housing, neighborhood features). Rupal has over fifteen years of experience in health promotion and disease prevention.