Housing +

In its third biennial theme, "Housing+", the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism explores this global phenomenon through the lens of multi-scalar design. The “+” acts as a harbinger of innovative responses to the challenge of affordable housing design that confront conventional associations and commentaries.

The Housing+ exhibition is the culmination of two years of design and research inquiry involving faculty, students, and practitioners from around the globe. It includes nine new architecture and urban design models from faculty-led workshops, in Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, India, Peru, and Rwanda. Each workshop collaborated with real communities and organizations to test multi-scalar solutions and prototypical models tackling issues of affordable housing. Accompanying interviews outline the challenges faced by each team in their local contexts and are complemented with aerial footage and maps showing the global condition of affordable housing settlements.

Exhibition + Conference: Adèle Naudé Santos

Exhibition Curator: Gabriel Kozlowski
Conference Curator:
Laura Wainer
Art Director:
Paul Montie
Graphic Design:
Siena Scarff Design
Map Production:
Waishan Qiu
Model Fabrication:
Joey Jacobson
Table Fabrication:
Airport Railings Co. Ltd
Publication Production:
Sneha Mandhan
Short Films:
Matthew Niederhauser and John Fitzgerald
Main Exhibition Team:
Justin Lim, Juncheng Yang, and Alexander Wiegering.
Exhibition Assistants:
Diana Ang, Giovanni Bellotti, Andrew Brose, Sarah Brown, Sea Hoon Kim, Kelly Main, and Manuela Uribe.
Faculty collaborators:
Anton Garcia-Abril, Marie Law Adams, Azra Aksamija, Angelo Bucci, Lorena Bello Gomez, Mark Goulthorpe, Sheila Kennedy, Debora Mesa Molina, Brent D. Ryan, Lawrence Sass, Rafi Segal, and James L. Wescoat Jr.
MIT student workshop participants:
Diana Ang, Andrea Baena, Natalie Bellefleur, Giovanni Bellotti, Xhulio Binjaku, Kyle Branchesi, Andrew Brose, Sarah Brown, Wenxin Cai, Wan Chantavilasvong, Bumsuk Cho, Eric Van Dreason, Jaya Eyzaguirre, Paloma Gonzalez, Anne Graziano, Monica Hutton, Max Jarosz, Zain Karsan, Kadeem
Khan, Alexander Kobald, Jacob Kohn, Pavlo Kryvozub, Justin Lim, Qianhui Liang, Yi Liu, Mary Lynch-Lloyd, Kelly Main, Daniel Marshall, Mackenzie Muhonen, Alina Nazmeeva, Ching Ying Ngan, Rushil Palavajjhala, Daniel Heriberto Palencia, Sean Phillips, Karthikeyan K.S. Raman, Helena Rong, Riddhi Shah, Ellen Shakespear, Maya
Shopova, Taeseop Shin, Ranu Singh, Angelos Siampakoulis, Nneka Sobers, Danniely Staback, Tyler Swingle, Yair Titelboim, Sera Tolgay, Waishan Qiu, Manuela Uribe, Ayna Verella, Alexander Wiegering, Yue Wu, and Daya Zhang.

The Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism wishes to thank the following for their generous support: Norman B. (1938) and Muriel Leventhal Family Foundation, Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation, Charles Correa (1955) Fund for Housing and Urbanization, Kenneth and Doreen Wang Faculty Research Fund, Meehan Family Fund for Socially Responsible Design, and Kenneth P. Wong (M.Arch/MCP 1982).

In addition, the Center wishes to recognize its workshop collaborators: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, India, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, Arq.Futuro, Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, Inter-American
Development Bank, La Victoria Lab – Intercorp, MIT-Africa, MIT-Brazil, MIT-India, MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST), Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SA+P HASS),
and the MIT TATA Center for Technology + Design.

With thanks to our local partners and tech sponsors: Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo, Headlight Audio Visual, Inc., Skat Consulting Ltd., SONY, Strawtec Building Solutions, and the University of Guyana.

With gratitude to Dean Hashim Sarkis and the Dean’s Office MIT School of Architecture + Planning, the Department of Architecture, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the MIT Media Lab.

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