Housing affordability in North America has reached a crisis point. Against the backdrop of rapid urbanization and an accelerating environmental emergency, we need solutions for city building that are more socially and economically sustainable, as well as multi-family housing that is more equitable and livable.
“platform.MIDDLE” was originally a symposium that took place at IIT’s College of Architecture on April 12 and 13, 2019, exploring the current state of multi-family housing in North America and the architect’s role in shaping its future, including inputs from design practices and development companies John Ronan Architects, KANVA, LBBA Architects, MA+HG Architects, Rafael Longoria, Brinshore Development LLC, RNDSQR, Shift Development, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The symposium offered a platform for engagement and a call to action, motivating the production of three more volumes that expand on practical research working with challenging economic and environmental circumstances, using 546’s built works, urban designs and community projects as the foundations to assemble a ‘toolkit’ of strategies for high-quality attainable, accessible and affordable multi-family housing. The full publication, platform.MIDDLE: Architecture for Housing the 99%, was published with Arquine and released in September 2023.
With this project, we hope to inspire real change in policy and design aimed at creating a more inclusive, environmentally responsible and economically viable housing landscape.
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