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Throughout the year, the Joint Center for Housing Studies reaches beyond the university to promote national discussion of important housing policy issues. In addition to on-campus seminars, lectures, and webcasts, we convene major conferences and symposia on topics of national importance in the housing field, bringing together housing practitioners, researchers, and policymakers from organizations and communities around the country.

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America's Rental Housing 2020

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020

Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

With the number of cost-burdened renters again on the rise, local governments are increasingly on the front lines of a rental affordability crisis. Earlier this year, Minneapolis became the first large American city to end single-family zoning, a bold and decisive move which has the potential to greatly expand the rental supply and improve affordability. ...

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Saving America's Cities: The Past, Present, and Future of Urban Revitalization

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Can past efforts to revitalize America’s cities inform contemporary strategies to address the problems of economic inequality, unaffordable housing, segregated neighborhoods, and deteriorating infrastructure? That question, in part, informs Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, a new book by Lizabeth Cohen, a Professor in the History Department at Harvard and former Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study....

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Addressing Homelessness: What Can (and Can’t) Architecture Do?

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Over the past two decades, Michael Maltzan, FAIA and his firm Michael Maltzan Architecture have designed a variety of innovative, permanent supportive housing developments for the Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles. Founded in 1995, Maltzan’s award-winning practice is dedicated to the design and construction of projects which engage their context and community through a concentrated exploration of movement and perception....

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In Pursuit of Equitable Development: Lessons from Washington, Detroit, and Boston

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Equitable development, a new concept in planning and community development, holds great promise for helping low-income and minority communities become places that provide economic opportunity, affordable living, and cultural expression for all residents. It is built on the basic principle that current residents will play a central role in shaping the projects, programs, and policies that affect them and their community. ...