How can architects respond to Boston's housing crisis?
From rising costs to lack of affordable units to the dilemma of a rising population, architects are working to find equitable solutions: piloting models for innovative housing typologies, exploring new ways to populate our Gateway cities, and retrofitting our existing stock.
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.
BSA Housing Initiatives:
- Compact Living:
Co-Creating Boston's Future-Decker Request for Ideas Ends this Week
This summer BSA and the Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab put out a request for ideas, Co-Creating Boston's Future-Decker, inviting teams and individuals to ideate and propose new housing that can be built on small sites in Boston. The RFI closes on Friday, July 30, 2021.
Share Your Net Zero Case Studies to Make the Case for the Climate Bill
We know net zero buildings make economical sense and we need your experience to help us make the case to Governor Baker. The BSA is working with Built Environment Plus (BE+) to create a database of net zero projects that currently exist. Please share your projects by February 3, 2021 to be included.
Home Design Trends & Reaching the Market in 2021
Every quarter the American Institute of Architects (AIA) provides results from the AIA Home Design Trends Survey, where hundreds of architecture firms share current project data to reveal new and emerging trends in residential design, providing an incisive look at the key features owners and buyers want—and purchase.
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.