I’m going to assume that we all agree that affordable housing is necessary. We can also agree that there is a sever lack of affordable housing in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley. I could continue studies that demonstrate that we have the highest concentrated poverty in the nation or the lowest on the development index. But I’ll assume that you are already familiar with our region’s issues.
With that clear, I’d like to focus on what architecture’s role is in affordable housing.Â I’ve long believed that quality designed housing has a huge impact on the health and success of it’s inhabitants. We can see from the poorly designed “projects” of the past the concentrating people in substandard housing solves the shelter issue but creates even more issues of segregation, crime, and poor health.
I believe that the architectural profession should be taking a stronger stance locally and saying “We need to solve these problems and we need to solve them right”
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My question to you is: other than pure affordability, what are about the design of housing do you feel would help you have a more healthy, efficient, and sustainableÂ lifestyle?