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Developing Inclusion: Housing Policy Takes on Real Estate

May 9, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Developing Inclusion: Housing Policy Takes on Real Estate

Join Metropolis’ Susan S. Szenasy and TVA Architects for a Think Tank discussion on Developing Inclusion: Housing Policy Takes on Real Estate.

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With the adoption of SB 1533 in February 2016, the City of Portland created an Inclusionary Housing Program which mandates the provision of affordable housing units in new multi-dwelling residential development projects with 20 or more units. The new code sets the percent of units in a development that must be affordable at different income levels. Intended to stimulate the development of much-needed affordable units, a year into the initiative, the policy seems to be having the opposite effect, drastically reducing new residential development. Though the policy is still young and forthcoming incentives promise to re-energize the market, local media reports the measure has taken a toll on developers, designers, politicians, and the general public. Join us for a panel on what is and isn’t working with Inclusionary Housing and what lies ahead for the future of social equity in Portland.

Event Timing:
10:00am: Discussion
11:00am: Q&A with Audience
11:30am: Networking + Lunch

Thomas Cody
Managing Partner, Principal, Project^ ecological development

Nico Larco
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, Portland | Co-Founder, Co-Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) and UrbanismNext, How Technology is Shaping Our Cities

Marshall Runkel
Chief of Staff, Office of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, City of Portland

Bob Thompson, FAIA
Design Principal, TVA Architects

Tim Wybenga
Principal, TVA Architects

Susan Szenasy, Director of Design Innovation, Metropolis Magazine

1.5 AIA CEU HSW credits available


About Metropolis Think Tank
The Metropolis Think Tank is a continuing education program (AIA CEU HSW accredited) that travels to leading architecture and design firms in key markets throughout North America. Our Think Tank challenges architects, interior designers, manufacturers, experts in design to examine the strengths and weaknesses of current design- thinking and building within the areas of Education, Workplace, Wellness, Hospitality and Urban Design. Resulting intelligence is shared across Metropolis’s media channels in book, online and with all of our participating partners.

Metropolis Director of Design Innovation, Susan S. Szenasy, known for her provocative but supportive moderating style, will lead conversations, focusing on the human factor: In search of human and earth-centered design while looking at the collaborative opportunities between manufacturers, architects, designers, industry experts, clients, and thought-leaders.

Think Tank Portland is supported by DWR Contract, DXV/Grohe, Sunbrella, and Wilsonart.


Cover image courtesy Metropolis.


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