Designing Affordability

Designing Affordability

Co-organized by 221A with the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture SALON 2019 Graduate exhibition and public program, this panel discussion addressed the question of how to design affordability, and offers a forum for emerging and professional Architects and Planners to discuss shared culpability and resolutions to Vancouver’s housing crisis.

A common frustration shared by emerging practitioners is that housing is too often pre-determined as unaffordable by the influence of market forces, and by opaque private and public partnerships that take place at the civic planning level. This panel will begin a much-needed conversation amongst practitioners of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Education to propose ways we can meaningfully offer housing alternatives, change the narratives around the housing crisis, and build social power with new models for housing, urbanism and planning.

Designing Affordability was initiated by the Graduating Class of 2019, and will be introduced and moderated by Jesse McKee, Head of Strategy, at 221A.

Project Support

BC Arts CouncilCanada Council for the ArtsCity of VancouverUniversity of British Columbia