Design is an integral element in addressing the affordable housing crisis that our region faces. Housing is about much more than buildings—it is about home, community, health, resilience and equity. The BSA has focused on housing to ensure an adequate supply of housing for people up and down the socio-economic ladder—a critical element to the health of our cities. Working with partners in government, business, civic institutions, and community organizations, the BSA has worked on a robust array of solutions to meet the challenge of housing affordability. These initiatives cover a broad range of issues, from design and construction to planning and zoning to help increase the supply of housing, particularly for low and middle-income households.
- Compact Living : Urban Housing Unit (uhü) Roadshow, One Room Mansion, Increasing Boston's affordable housing stock, Housing Solutions for the “Missing Middle”, Compact Living Pilot
- Accessory Dwelling Units: Designing Boston, Housing Committee Charrette, New Boston Zoning Ordinance
- Innovative Materials and Methods
- Housing Urban Design Workshop
Calling Out Injustice by Its Name—2020 Housing Innovation Workshop
At the third annual Housing Innovation Workshop, “Distributed Density: Middle-Scale Housing for Sustainable Communities'', participants were asked to apply an anti-racist lens to their proposed solutions and strategies to address the ways in which racially exclusionary policies have materialized as barriers to the creation of multifamily housing today.
Call for entries: Triple Decker Photographs
Calling all Boston photographers: The BSA is looking for any and all photographs featuring the iconic Boston triple decker. This call is open to photographers, professional or casual, ages 9 to 99. We want to see all of your great photos of this historic housing type.
Oct 27, 2020 – Jan 31, 2021
The Future Decker exhibition is part of an ongoing exploration and documentation of the ways in which existing triple deckers have shaped the City of Boston, while inviting residents to envision the future of this iconic New England vernacular building typology.
Built en masse mostly between the 1880s and 1930s, the triple decker was an affordable entry point for many immigrant families who came to call Boston home.
Explore residents’ perspectives and experiences with triple deckers and possible new ways to re-integrate them into the fabric of the city.