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Rental Housing in the US: Findings from Our New Report

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020

Location: One Bow St, 4th Floor

Despite a slowdown in demand, rental markets across the US remain extremely tight, according to our new America’s Rental Housing report. Join us as Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a Research Associate at the Center and lead author of the report, discusses key findings, including how low vacancy rates, limited new construction, and a growing number of higher-income renters are driving a rental affordability crisis, particularly for middle-income renters.

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Feb
21
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Rental Housing in the US: Findings from Our New Report

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020

Location: One Bow St, 4th Floor

Despite a slowdown in demand, rental markets across the US remain extremely tight, according to our new America’s Rental Housing report. Join us as Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a Research Associate at the Center and lead author of the report, discusses key findings, including how low vacancy rates, limited new construction, and a growing number of higher-income renters are driving a rental affordability crisis, particularly for middle-income renters....

Feb
26
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Architecture as a “Learning” Living Machine: DDes 2020 Conference

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Room 112

This conference will address new emerging concepts in the field of adaptive and intelligent architecture such as machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL), Robotic Buildings, Smart Homes in a form of a symposium. Co-sponsored by the Joint Center for Housing Studies....

Feb
27
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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....

Feb
29
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The 2020 Conference on Poverty and Inequality

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Location: Harvard Kennedy School

The Conference on Poverty and Inequality is a student-run conference at the Harvard Kennedy School. Over the past four years, the Conference on Poverty and Inequality has rapidly grown into a leading platform for students, alumni, faculty, and policy practitioners across Harvard and the Boston area who are interested in addressing issues that affect individuals and communities experiencing poverty and marginalization....

Feb
29
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Planning the Green New Deal

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Design and Planning often wax poetic about collectively transforming the future, but realizations are harder to come by. How can activism, policy and design work together to bring about the societal transformations needed to ensure a just and habitable future?...

Mar
06
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What Do We Mean When We Talk About ‘Aging in Place’?

Date: Friday, March 06, 2020

Location: One Bow St, 4th Floor

“Aging in place” is a personal goal for many older people and a policy goal for many governments. But the phrase appears to have multiple (often unstated) definitions and motivations, according to Ann Forsyth, the Stanton Professor of Urban Planning at GSD, and Jennifer Molinsky, a Center senior research associate, who are both researching issues related to housing and older adults....

Mar
07
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Harvard Real Estate Weekend 2020

Date: Saturday, March 07, 2020 to Sunday, March 08, 2020

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Harvard Real Estate Weekend is an annual conference jointly presented by The Real Estate and Development Club of the Graduate School of Design and The Real Estate Club of Harvard Business School. It aims to engage next generation leaders with industry experts through an inclusive and globally oriented forum. Together we explore, debate and advance topics that have the potential to transform the real estate industry. ...

Mar
09
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In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What To Do About It

Date: Monday, March 09, 2020

Location: Belfer B-400 – Land Lecture Hall, Harvard Kennedy School

Who becomes homeless? Why do people become homeless? How do we end homelessness? And how do we prevent it? Join us for a conversation about these questions with Beth Shinn, co-author (with Jill Khadduri) of In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What To Do About It, recently published by Wiley-Blackwell and David Luberoff, Deputy Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies....

Mar
24
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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....

Mar
27
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Grandparents, Child Care, and Household Structures in High Opioid-Use Communities

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Location: One Bow St, 4th Floor

Though American communities have been reeling under the force of opioid use disorder, specific implications for older adult households have received little attention. In this seminar, Samara Scheckler, a Center postdoctoral fellow will describe new research, which shows that grandparents living in counties characterized by high opioid use are much more likely to act as primary caregivers for their grandchildren....

Mar
31
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Housing Finance Reform: The $11 Trillion Fight Over Public Policy, Money and Ideology

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Location: Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School

Join us for a conversation with Don Layton, the just-retired CEO of Freddie Mac who is now a Senior Industry Fellow at the Center. A self-described technocrat who had a long career in banking and finance, Layton will draw on his experience at Freddie Mac to assess current proposals for housing finance reform, correcting what he sees as misconceptions about how the US housing finance system works....

Apr
03
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Airbnb’s Impact on the Residential Housing Market: Estimates from New York City

Date: Friday, April 03, 2020

Location: One Bow St, 4th Floor

Apr
03
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Black Policy Conference 2020

Date: Friday, April 03, 2020 to Saturday, April 04, 2020

Location: Harvard Kennedy School

The 16th Annual Black Policy Conference explores and affirms the influence of Black activism, media activity, and civic engagement in the political landscape of 2020 and onward. It is a conference about action and one that recognizes the enormous potential power of the Black collective. ...

Apr
10
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Conserving Forests and Preserving Affordable Housing: Insights from Ontario’s Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

Location: One Bow St, 4th Floor

Over the past 25 years, forest stewardship policies in the province of Ontario have shifted away from a reliance on public initiatives to tax incentives for private property owners. In this presentation, Julia Smachylo, a Meyer doctoral fellow who is a Doctor of Design candidate at the Graduate School of Design, will discuss research on these policies she is conducting in southern Ontario. ...

Apr
17
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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. ...

Apr
23
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Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Location: Starr Auditorium (Belfer 200), Harvard Kennedy School

How do you make neighborhoods productive and fair for residents? In this talk, George Galster, who has written extensively about metropolitan housing markets, racial discrimination, and urban poverty will discuss his new book, Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves, which explores whether American neighborhoods are as efficient and equitable as they could be....