ARTS + ARCHITECTURE
Housing: Finding Solutions with Architecture
Our 2023 lecture series is focused on the critical issue of Housing. The fact this has gotten to a crisis point in California and especially in locations like the Central Coast has been obvious for many years. Ever increasing housing prices have kept out not just people below the poverty line and the homeless but a significant percentage of the population from owning a home, and thereby preventing them from achieving the traditional American dream and the primary form of wealth creation. In the Monterey Peninsula, for instance, this locked out population includes almost the entire middle class! There are a myriad of causes but what is clear is there is simply not enough housing-both affordable and market-rate.
In such a beautiful and environmentally sensitive area as ours with open space and viewshed issues, building just single-family homes will not provide a sustainable solution. Density is required. Multi-family projects must get built. Density is needed, however, at scales, locations and designs which will make our cities and towns better and vital into the future. This happens at the intersection of resources, policy, urban design and planning, and architecture and is what this series is about.
Why California Has a Housing Crisis and What Can be Done to Fix it
Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 6pm – 7:30pm
Speaker Liam Dillon covers the issues of housing affordability and neighborhood change across California for the Los Angeles Times and the Gimme Shelter Podcast.
9 Ways to Make Housing For People
Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 6pm – 7:30pm
From David Baker Architects, the pioneering firm in urban housing throughout the bay area and the country, principals Daniel Simons, FAIA and Pedram Farshbandi, AIA will talk on their new book: 9 Ways to Make Housing for People.
DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Change
Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 6pm – 7:30pm
2022 National AIA Gold Medal Recipients, Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA and Angela Brooks, FAIA will discuss their innovative work as leaders in housing design.
Thank you Osborne family for accommodations.
Silverie Properties & Silicon Constructors
Housing on the Central Coast: Community Panel Discussion and Forum
Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 6pm – 7:30pm
Community leaders in public office, planning, housing advocacy and project development come together in a moderated panel discussion identifying needs, roadblocks and finding solutions and ways forward to build more housing in our area. Introduction by Monterey County Supervisor Mary Adams; moderated by architects and AIA Monterey Bay board members, Erik Dyar and Justin Pauly.
- Kim Cole, Community Development Director, City of Monterey
- Michael DeLapa, Executive Director, LandWatch Monterey County
- Sibley Simon, founder and President of New Way Homes, a non-profit that operates an impact investment fund to spur more workforce and affordable housing development.
- Roxanne Wilson, Homeless Services Director, Monterey County
- Kathryn Avila, Avila Construction
In addition, numerous special guests from politics, government, development, and advocacy will attend and take part in the discussion.