The Architect’s Role in Social Housing

From direct and extensive experience in working with affordable housing societies, residential cooperatives, and government agencies, we have a practical understanding of how the stock of affordable housing units in the lower mainland is developed and maintained.

From this experience, we believe that architects must provide leadership in the creation and development of prototypes for social housing.

Terra Shimbashi led a presentation and round table discussion at the annual general meeting of the AIBC (Architectural Institute of British Columbia) on May 7, 2010, focusing on how to better define the gap between available transitional housing (single room occupancy) and permanent co-operative or market rate housing. The discussion successfully reviewed

  • the current models of affordable housing,
  • the impact of current models on building users and community, and
  • the key drivers for a more socially responsible architecture.

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