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Architecture Knowledge Review is a podcast series for design professionals, featuring interviews, discussions, and best practices by architects and other design professionals who are at the forefront of the profession. Visit this page often for more information on specific topics and presentations.

Defining Organic High Density Housing, Squatter Communities and Emergency Shelters: What works. What doesn’t work.

Podcast: 2010/6/11 – 17:44

Presenters: Janice Olshesky, AIA, LEED AP;

Tara Lamont, AIA, LEED AP

In this podcast, we discuss “Organic, High-Density Housing: Squatter Communities and Emergency Shelters.” Our speakers contend that massive slum clearance and relocation are no longer options—that the global housing crisis, made even more critical by climate change and rising sea levels, represents the most serious challenge facing the planet in the next decade. And they’re calling architects to action.

Janice Olshesky, AIA, is president of Olshesky Design Group in Alexandria, Va., which emphasizes sustainable design in a broad portfolio of projects. Her firm has also conducted disaster performance assessments of buildings after hurricanes and tsunami. She served as 2008 chair of the AIA Center for Building Science and Performance and its Disaster Performance Assessment Subcommittee.

Tara Lamont, AIA, is director of design and construction services for the University of California Office of the President, where she oversees the $8.3 billion capital program—$1.5 billion of which is devoted to housing. Tara, who hails from Mumbai, has an abiding interest in sustainable, humane, and democratic solutions to slum redevelopment. She is currently initiating a program called “Small Steps, Big Impact” with Habitat for Humanity, India, through which U.S. families will be able sponsor houses for families in India.

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