The Architecture of Place: American Housing & Social Justice, with Marianne Cusato
Perhaps now more than ever before, we are all aware of the built environment that surrounds us, and of the impacts it has on the health of individuals, communities, and the planet. The Architecture of Place series brings together the established and emerging voices working to create a better built future. You can find more information on the full series here.
This lecture, hosted by Marianne Cusato, took place on November 16th, 2020, and explored how housing policy and the design of our cities intersect all aspects of our lives from the fabric of our society to the strength of our economy. When segmented groups are excluded from participating in the full economy all of society loses. Ironically, the methods and policies employed to discriminate against minority communities have ended up failing both the suburban and rural communities they were intended to privilege. The outcome is not only ongoing racial injustice, but also an affordable housing crisis and crumbling infrastructure in nearly every community across the country.
The course looks at the history and lasting legacy of housing segregation in America, intended and unintended. Beyond the past and present, it includes a discussion of potential ideas for addressing these inequities, specifically the nationwide affordable housing crisis, so we might build a stronger future for all communities.