The Essential Housing Campaign

Essential Housing for Our Essential Workers

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An ambitious public-private community development campaign to build more than 130k new homes for essential workers in Los Angeles by 2030...


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Week Date
Tuesdays @ 5 PM
Episode # Presentation Title Presenter
1 Aug. 31st
Kick Off Week
1 The Right To Housing for Essential Workers & Beyond Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilmember City of Los Angeles
2 How Regional Data Sharing Builds More Equitable Housing Rex Richardson, (Now Fmr.) President, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
3 10 Ways Cities Can Help Build More Infill Housing Patrick Kennedy, Founder/President Panoramic Interests
4 The Rise of “The Super Commuters” Chris Salviati, Housing Economist, Apartment List
2 Sept. 7th
New Perspectives In Design
5 The Downsides of Single Family Homes Diana Lind, Author, “Brave New Home”
6 What Is ‘Missing Middle’ Housing? Dan Parolek, Author, “Missing Middle Housing”, Founding Principal, Opticos Design
7 Viewing The Built World Through A Black Lens Demar Matthews, Architect & Founder, OffTop Design
8 Tour of “The Commons” (in Melbourne) Jeremy McLeod, Founder & Design Director, Breathe Architecture
3 Sept. 14th
Innovation In Construction
9 The Benefits & Challenges of 3D Printing Buildings (Dubai) Benjamin Piper, Partner/Design Principal, Killa Design
10 The Benefits & Challenges of Modular Construction Darren Seary, FRICS, Founder, Optimum Modular Solutions
11 Tour of The 11-Story Tower Built in a Day (in Changsha, China) Juliet Jiang, SVP, Broad Building Systems (Broad Group)
4 Sept. 21st
Planning Big
12 Finding A City’s Capacity For New Housing (HELPR) Robin Franke, Solutions Team Engineer, ESRI
13 How To Use Public Land For Scaling New Housing Development Helmi Hisserich, Fmr. Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles City Housing Dept.
14 How To ‘Upzone’ An Entire City (Minneapolis 2040 Plan) Paul Mogush, Community Planning Manager, City of Minneapolis
15 Tour of “Mehr Als Wohnen” (in Zurich) Henrik Siebenpfeiffer, Director, Duplex Architects
5 Sept. 28th
Building with New Materials
16 The Future of Wood Construction Bill Parsons, VP, WoodWorks
17 Tour of “La Borda” (in Barcelona) Carles Baiges Camprubí, Partner, Lacol Architecture Cooperative
18 The Future of Concrete Construction Gregg Lewis, EVP, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)
19 Tour of “The Nightingale 1” (in Melbourne) Bonnie Herring, Director of Architecture, Breathe Architecture
6 Oct. 5th
Innovations in Finance
20 A New Type of Funding For Moderate Income Housing
Jon Penkower, Managing Director, California Statewide Communities Development Authority
21 How Banks Underwrite Moderate Income Housing Development Bryan Barker, Managing Director, Citi Community Capital
22 Reinventing Social Housing In Vienna Kurt Hofstetter, Director of Vienna IBA, Vienna City Planning Department
23 Tour of “Great Scott Trio” (in Portland) Kevin Cavenaugh, Owner/Founder, Guerrilla Development
7 Oct. 12th
New Definitions for Housing
24 What is a “Black Aesthetic” in Architecture? Demar Matthews, Architect & Founder, OffTop Design
25 Five Alternative Housing Models For America Diana Lind, Author, “Brave New Home”
26 Redefining “Workforce Housing” (with Shelterforce Magazine) Miriam Axel-Lute, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Shelterforce Magazine
27 Tour of “Atomic Orchard Experiment” (in Portland) Kevin Cavenaugh, Owner/Founder, Guerrilla Development
8 Oct. 19th
New Types of Communities
28 Designing A Walkable, Affordable, For-Sale Subdivision (Compton) Gerhard Mayer, AIA, Principal, GGLO Design
29 Tour of “Tungo Place” (in Nairobi) Kariba Moko & Frida Kariba, Co-Founders/Partners, Moad Capital
30 Building Workforce Housing On School Land Dana Cuff, Director, cityLAB
9 Dec. 7th
New Types of Construction
31 New Affordable Design Competition in Frankfurt Peter Cachola Schmal, Museum Director, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
32 Building Housing Over Freeways (AirSpace Homes) Charlie Perla, Principal Architect, DMS PERLA
33 Housing Made of Concrete Culverts (Boyle Tower) Jose Herrasti, Principal Architect, Mutuo


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