Designing Affordability, an exhibition on affordable housing curated by Marc Norman (LF ‘14), will debut in Sydney Australia and run from October 6 through November 18, 2016. The exhibition, which first ran at New York City’s Center for Architecture, presents 23 case studies from around the world, which address ways of reducing costs without compromising design quality.
Affordable housing typically refers to policy initiatives that ensure that residents at a certain income can qualify for housing units, but affordability is a broader concept. The exhibition examines how architects, engineers, planners, policy makers, tenants, and homeowners are crafting innovative ways to reduce the cost of housing by rethinking how we build, maintain, and occupy structures. The strategies include reimagining public housing, leveraging land, building simply, deploying technology, rethinking home life, constructing modularly, and building incrementally. The Australian exhibition augments the original content with innovative developments throughout Australia that showcase the themes of the show. In addition, projects by Loeb Fellows Eli Spivek (LF ’13) and Rick Lowe (LF ‘10) feature prominently.
Sponsored by Urban Growth New South Wales and the University of Sydney, the exhibition has been paired with the Sydney Festival of Architecture and the annual Prefab AUS national conference. Additionally Norman has organized a symposium which will bring together architects, planners and policy makers from across Australia. Helen Lochhead (LF 13’), newly installed dean of the Faculty of Built Environment at University of New South Wales and formerly NSW deputy government architect, will be a featured speaker.