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Worlds of Homelessness
WORLDS OF HOMELESSNESS - DAY 3: HOW CAN CITY PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE ENGAGE WITH HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS AND CREATE THOUGHTFUL PROCESSES WITH COMMUNITIES?

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WORLDS OF HOMELESSNESS - DAY 3: How can city planning and architecture engage with housing and homelessness and create thoughtful processes with communities?

There is a common misconception that city planning and architecture seek to provide „solutions to end homelessness.“ These solutions include various types of supportive, affordable, and shared housing as well as small scale structures providing temporary shelter. Independent of the quality of design thinking, such projects and structures can be met with opposition by the communities coming from the prospective occupants and the existing community.
 
“How can homeless communities become a part of the strategic design process that is engaging and beneficial for them? How can architects produce mutually supportive environments for houseless communities? How can community-driven processes contribute to responsible and comprehensive design solutions? How can schools of design and architecture encourage the success of such initiatives?” These overarching questions lead the panel’s discourse for Day 3 and a heated debate with the audience after the presentations. 
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3B Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3A Foto: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3C Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3D Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3E Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3F Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3G Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3H Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3I Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3J Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
  • World of Homelessness Event Series Gallery Day 3K Photo: Khalid Farquharson © Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
On the panel on day 3 at Sci-Arc: Darin Johnstone from Los Angeles has worked collaboratively with Habitat For Humanity; Alexander Hagner from Vienna, Austria has created mixed housing that brings people experiencing homelessness together with students; Thorsten Deckler and Tebogo Ramatlo from Johannesburg, South Africa, have worked with informal settlements, community architects and students from the Johannesburg University Faculty of Architecture and Design; and Ana Elvira Vélez, is an architect from Columbia, who has successfully created collective housing in Medellin.

The event was streaming live on the SCI-Arc FB Channel. View the video.

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