School of Architecture: 21st Century Urban Housing Symposium

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Friday November 11, 2016
      12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
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  • URL: Reinsch-Pierce Auditorium
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  • Extras:
    Free food

Michael Gamble, Architect

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor

Georgia Tech | School of Architecture

Creative Director

Gamble + Gamble Architects



Summary Sentence: Sponsored by The Alcoa Foundation, GT College of Design, and the Strategic Energy Institute, with additional support from GT Serve-Learn-Sustain

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21st Century Urban Housing Symposium Student Review

Organized by Michael Gamble, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor

- by Jeff Olson, MArch Student

The afternoon started with a lunch in the Architecture East breezeway giving students the chance to connect with visiting professionals from the Atlanta area and around Georgia. The Symposium began in the Stubbins Gallery with three presentations by Nathaniel Smith, Founder and CEO, Partnership for Southern Equity; Sarah Watson, Deputy Director, Citizens Planning Housing Council, NYC; and Dan Immergluck, Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Tech. Sarah Watson illustrated the issues of housing affordability in New York by asking the audience to participate in an interactive game with her.

Presentations were followed by a panel discussion with moderators Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Councilman at Large and Jennifer Hirsch, Director, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Tech. The focus of the panel discussion was on the issues of affordability in 21st century American cities. Panelists brought up urban equity as well as the actions citizens and the government can take to improve affordability for residents. Following the panel discussion was a brief snack and coffee break.

The Symposium then moved into the auditorium for the second half. The first presenter was Jacqueline Schmidt from Ollie All Inclusive CoLiving. Ollie is a company revolutionizing the living experience for urban renters with professionally designed, fully furnished, studios and share suites. Their focus is on attainably priced luxury with an emphasis on convenience, comfort, and community. Justin Miller spoke on the Auburn University Rural Studio. He discussed their series of 20K houses where they spend about 12 thousand on materials and 8 thousand for labor to give a rural resident a home. Another series of projects the rural studio is working on is the DESIGN Habitat in partnership with Habitat for Humanity where the studio is exploring prefabrication and modulation to increase cost effectiveness.  Roderick Jackson, a Georgia Tech alum, spoke on behalf of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge is on the cutting edge of technology and implementing these capabilities into improving construction methods and the performance of building envelopes. Oak Ridge, in partnership with SOM, has begun 3-D printing houses forcing architects to completely reimage the design of living spaces as these new technologies emerge. The last speaker was Rita Breen from Georgia Power who discussed the initiatives and steps that Georgia Power was taking with renewable energy resources. In Georgia solar is the most effective method. Once very expensive, solar cost have significantly decreases and she said that projections show a continuation of that trend. One of Georgia Power’s initiatives is Community Solar as half of their users are not able to host PV panels. Community solar is a financial instrument to participate in a larger offsite shared solar plant. Following the informative and thought provoking presentations, Professors Russell Gentry and Professor Godfried Augenbroe lead a panel discussion where the audience had the opportunity to ask questions.

The 21st Century Urban Housing Symposium was a very successful event and we would like to thank our gracious sponsors: The ALCOA Foundation, The Strategic Energy Institute, and support from GT Serve-Learn-Sustain.  



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Georgia Institute of Technology | College of Design

November 11, 2016

Reinsch-Pierce Auditorium


Every year, the world’s population increases by 65 million people, and over the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. This afternoon symposium will explore ideas related to 21st urban housing in the context of changing urban demographics, sustainability targets and alternative energy requirements, via guest presentations, audience involvement and exemplary design projects.

There are a number of new initiatives focused on understanding the forces in play as urbanized areas like Tokyo, Seattle, Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York City work to address issues associated with designing livable, energy efficient and affordable urban dwellings.  As cities like Atlanta continue to experience a move away from satellite single family bedroom communities towards center city, mid and high-rise housing blocks, our challenge is to create sustained focus and dialogue on ecology, opportunity and affordability. 

Experts from a variety of backgrounds including design, finance, policy and energy will present for ~20 minutes around a series of key questions, 3-4 per session, followed by one hour of moderated dialogue with the audience.  Design Projects will be exhibited.

12:00 – 12:45

Lunch on the Breezeway (outside of Stubbins Gallery)

1:00-3:00 pm

Session 1  

The Future of Housing Affordability and Access to the City


Nathaniel Smith, Founder and CEqO, Partnership for Southern Equity

Sarah Watson, Deputy Director, Citizens Planning Housing Council, NYC

Dan Immergluck, Professor, School ofDA City and Regional Planning, Georgia Tech


Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Councilman at Large

Jennifer Hirsch, Director, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain

3:00 Coffee Break

3:30 –5:30 pm 

Session 2 

The Future of Energy and Design


David Weinstein, Ollie All Inclusive CoLiving, NYC

Jacqueline Schmidt, Ollie All Inclusive CoLiving, NYC

Rita M. Breen, Renewable Energy Planning, Georgia Power

Justin Miller, Auburn University Rural Studio  

Jackson Roderick, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Russell Gentry and Godfried Augenbroe

Georgia Tech College of Design

5:30 pm closing remarks

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