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HBSA Ideas Charette

In partnership with the Carnegie Gallery, the HBSA will bring together design professionals, community members and policy-makers to address the issue of affordable housing in Hamilton and beyond through a design charrette and exhibition. The goal of the event is to explore solutions to the issue of entry-level housing affordability for the Millennial generation in the context of Hamilton’s housing market and urban design challenges/opportunities. The full problem question is posted below.

Four multi-disciplinary teams will be invited to provide design-oriented solutions to the issue of affordable entry-level housing. The central idea is that infill or underutilized lands within cities can be exploited to provide affordable housing solutions for first-time homebuyers.

Keynote Address with Alex Bozikovic

Thursday, January 30, 2019 Town Hall – 60 Main St, Dundas

Join us for an introduction to the issue of the Missing Middle with Globe & Mail Architecture Critic Alex Bozikovic. Alex has written extensively on housing, particularly on the issue of the Missing Middle. We invite the public to join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating presentation on a critical problem!

Public Presentation / Panel

6:30-8:30 Public Presentation and Panel Discussion

8:30-10:00 Reception at Carnegie Gallery

After the charrette takes place on January 31, teams will continue to refine their work in preparation for an exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery. The exhibition will include design/architectural representation of the idea as well as work by work by local artists that speaks to the ideas presented by each team. The show will be headlined by a presentation of the work and a panel discussion that the public is invited to attend. Confirmed panelists are:

  • Alex Bozikovic, Globe & Mail

  • Catharine Dowling, Ryerson University

  • Jason Thorne, City of Hamilton

  • Erica Govan, Superkül Architects

This event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.


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