Mar 15, 2021
It’s one thing when neighbors don’t like that butterfly mother in law shed in your backyard. It’s another when thousands of people in a city are without housing and neighborhoods don’t want them anywhere close. Over the decades, architecture has proclaimed the solution to this and other social problems can be solved through design, but as Dr. Phil might ask, “how’d that work out?” Not so well, as large mid-century public housing projects proved over and over. Today, however, there are new approaches and new understandings of both public policy and design that hold great promise. Joining us today are Andrea Urton. CEO of HomeFirst Services, a Silicon Valley agency supporting housing the homeless, and architect Michael Lehrer of Los Angeles. Later on, from the Lone Star State, jazz vocalist Rosana Eckert.