Existing between formal and informal systems and ranging widely in quality, typology, and audience, urban housing is a bellwether for economic, social, and political change. Housing’s complexity and flexibility offers unique and exciting opportunities for architects, however, its source in private equity and public agencies often challenges its ambitions.
symposium: “Under Pressure,” Urban Housing Symposium.
Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery
210 South 34th Street
Three panel discussions at PennDesign will focus on pressure points affecting urban housing: Super-Hot: high-pressure economic markets, New Domesticities: the changing nature of living and domesticity, and Speculation: new tools and technologies for design and fabrication. The symposium functions as a think tank for current topics under these influences by bringing together thought leaders working and writing in these arenas.
Symposium Convened By
Director / CAP NY Shanghai
Director of Urban Housing / University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture
Partner/ Young & Ayata
Lecturer/ University of Pennsylvania
Lecturer / University of Pennsylvania
Graduate Assistants: Katie McBride, Caleb White, Miguel Abaunza, Alex Tahinos,
Mark Chalhoub, Insung Hwang, Jiateng Wang, Adrian Emmanuel Subagyo, David Harrop, and Ricardo Hernandez-Perez.
Special thanks to Lily Wubeshet and Deb Katz.
Presented with support from the Don Prowler Endowment Fund.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Welcome from Dean Frederick Steiner + Chair Winka Dubbeldam // 9:00am
Symposium Introduction: Hina Jamelle, Director of Urban Housing, Penn Design.
Panel 1 // SUPER HOT // 9:30am
As a major component in the global real estate market, urban housing is acutely subject to market speculations, consumer preferences, and financial crashes that characterize risk-based investment. In the world’s fastest growing and highest value markets, housing takes on the characteristics of luxury brands, high-end amenities, super density, and new business models. There are also echo-effects that challenge expectations of supply, affordability, access, and urban patterns. As urban, financial, and political forces apply pressure on the entire spectrum of city dwellers, how do, can, and might architects re-act?
Introduction by Hina Jamelle
Barry Bergdoll (Moderator)
Panel 2 // NEW DOMESTICITIES // 11:30am
Housing has become an insufficient concept to frame the complexities of twenty-first century domestic life. Private living space, once simply a retreat from the public sphere and work environment, has been radically transformed by the conflation of live and work, new family structures, and economic factors that are pushing toward new typologies and hybrids. Given these changing trends, how can and should architects help shape new possibilities for housing?
Introduction by Brian Phillips
Clifford Pearson (Moderator)
Panel 3 // SPECULATION // 2:30pm
The discipline of architecture, especially through modernism, always produced new visions of the city through comprehensive concepts of urban housing. The shift to market economies relocated these efforts away from speculation on vast urban land to speculation on architectural objects. New lifestyles, technologies, and design tools are radicalizing the possibilities of urban housing. Fresh considerations of program, scale, material, fabrication, and form are redefining present and future visions. What are these new possibilities and how can they be deployed in ways that apply their own pressures to the emergence of new urban housing models?
Introduction by Kutan Ayata
Nader Tehrani (Moderator)
Reception // 5:00pm