Rice Design Alliance's Civic Forum 2020 takes place this fall through an online roundtable discussion format and will address the urgent need for quality affordable housing in our city.
RDA Civic Forums take place yearly to look at urban and design topics that are of particular relevance to Houston and its region. Our current state of domestic confinement is laying bare glaring inequalities in the ways Houstonians live, but beyond the current moment, a discussion around the design aspects of affordable housing remains more urgent than ever. Is Houston still the affordable city it used to be? Who still has access to a house of their own? And who will build a new, quality affordable housing stock for those who need it?
The forum will include Tom McCasland, Director, Housing and Community Development Department, City of Houston; City Council Member David Robinson, FAIA; and Rice Architecture Associate Professor Jesús Vassallo, amongst others, in an active conversation amongst practitioners, city officials, researchers, and housing activists about the value and need for skilled architectural design in the development of affordable housing models.