Marie Law Adams, Lorena Bello, Anton Garcia-Abril, Adèle Naudé Santos, Rafi Segal, James Wescoat

Affordable Housing + | Panel Discussion and Review

September 21, 12 PM - 1 PM: Panel Discussion with Marie Law Adams, Lorena Bello, Andrew Brose, Anton Garcia-Abril, Adèle Naudé Santos, and Rafi Segal; Moderated by James Wescoat | Room 7-429/Long Lounge

September 22, 12 PM - 2 PM: Workshop presentations by students and faculty | Room 9-255/DUSP City Arena

In its next biennial theme, the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism is tackling affordable housing globally. By using various case studies, particularly in low to medium density settings, the biennial theme will envision new approaches to housing that will focus on strategies for implementation. For the past two years, dozens of MIT students and faculty from the SA+P community have explored affordable housing through a series of global workshops, working with real communities and organizations to test multi-scalar models and prototypes. Join us on Thursday and Friday to learn about the most recent workshops to Kigali, São Paulo, Gujarat and Hangzhou. 

Kigali, Rwanda (Rafi Segal with Andrew Brose) – In collaboration with the Rwandan Housing Authority, a team developed a low-cost village house prototype and new model neighborhood for the East African region that integrates flexible housing, urban agriculture, and incremental infrastructure. Experiments include the use of various locally extracted materials including bricks and dried straw panels for prefabricating houses.

São Paulo, Brazil (Adèle Santos and Angelo Bucci with Gabriel Kozlowski) – This workshop focused on strategies to enhance the relationship between housing design and finance innovation. In conjunction with the Architecture and Urbanism College, at the University of Sao Paulo’s (FAU-USP) they explored the complexities of building affordable housing within a dense urban setting. The workshop designed within the constraints of the local conditions, reflecting the current political and socio-economic frameworks that are in place. Zoning regulations needed to create attractive conditions for private developers to invest in a Public Private Partnership.

Gujarat, India (Lorena Bello, Marie Law Adams, Brent Ryan and James Wescoat) – In collaboration with the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, a team explored how to improve rurban housing (rural settlements with enhanced amenities and services) and overall quality of life of villagers in the disaster-prone region called Saurashtra, Gujarat. The workshop focused on broadening the scope of housing reconstruction for earthquake resilience beyond the scale of the individual housing parcel to enhance the collective needs of the village´s infrastructure.

Hangzhou, China (Anton Garcia-Abril and Wang Shu)- Working with Southeast University (SEU) in Nanjing, China, and the Chinese Academy of Art, students were given the opportunity to work intimately with a rural village in China. They learned hands on techniques through mock-ups with local craftspeople and builders, and designed two civic structures that will be built by the local government.

These workshops were generously supported by MIT-Brazil Program, MIT-India Program, MIT- Africa Imitative, the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, AKPIA and LCAU.

Marie Law Adams, Lorena Bello, Anton Garcia-Abril, Adèle Naudé Santos, Rafi Segal, James Wescoat