A little article I wrote for Boston Architecture on the fallacy of temporary housing. And why architects' attempts to do it just makes suffering permanent. Check it out here.
Humanitarian Architecture: 15 stories of architects working after disaster is a great book by Dr. Esther Charlesworth. Full of great stories some pretty inspirational architects, and another little interview with yours truly.
What does it say about the value of architecture that as the world faces economic and ecological crises, unprecedented numbers of architects are out of work? This is the question that confronted architect Eric Cesal as he finished graduate school at the onset of the worst financial meltdown in a generation. Down Detour Road is his journey: one that begins off-course, and ends in a hopeful new vision of architecture. Like many architects of his generation, Cesal confronts a cold reality. Architects may assure each other of their own importance, but society has come to view architecture as a luxury it can do without. For Cesal, this recognition becomes an occasion to rethink architecture and its value from the very core. He argues that the times demand a new architecture, an empowered architecture that is useful and relevant. New architectural values emerge as our cultural values shift: from high risks to safe bets, from strong portfolios to strong communities, and from clean lines to clean energy.This is not a book about how to run a firm or a profession; it doesn't predict the future of architectural form or aesthetics. It is a personal story -- and in many ways a generational one: a story that follows its author on a winding detour across the country, around the profession, and into a new architectural reality.
I wrote a chapter for this book once upon a time when the author, Prof. Luescher asked me to write a bit about how I came to do what it is that I do. I told him that most of everything I've ever done was something of an accident, and any plans I ever made about my career were mercifully swept aside by good and bad fortunes.
I had the privilege of writing a thought piece in conjunction with Social Design Insights entitled "Is the Right to Housing Real?" As we did on the podcast, we had to ask ourselves why, if everyone thinks that there's a fundamental right to housing, do we have so many problems housing our citizens? What drives that contradiction? Have a read and find out.