Panelists will include Barry Bluestone, Anda and Jenny French, Tamara Roy and Max Stearns
Are micro-units a solution to the affordable workforce housing challenge in Massachusetts? Is there a market for them among and beyond millennials?
Those are just two of the questions a panel of housing experts will discuss at MassHousing on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. View the event flyer.
Micro-units can be an inexpensive way to develop housing and lower development costs but will enough people want to live in them?
The panelists discussing this new housing option will be Barry Bluestone, Anda and Jenny French, Tamara Roy and Max Stearns.
Barry Bluestone is the Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy and was the founding Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and the founding Dean of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. At the Dukakis Center, Bluestone has led research projects on housing, local economic development, state and local public finance, the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts, transportation, and an assessment of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Professor Bluestone was raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he received his B.A., M.A. and then his Ph.D. in economics.
Jenny French and Anda French are principals of French 2D, PLLC, an architecture studio based in Boston. French 2D's work explores models of overlap between architecture, art and information, examples of which can be found in many built and experimental projects. In 2013 French 2D was one of five finalists in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. French 2D has recently worked on a 180-unit micro-housing building in Boston, which they approached as a "soup to nuts" project – working on every aspect of building design, construction, interior design and large scale graphics. Anda received a B.A. in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Jenny received a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a recipient of Harvard's Julia A. Appleton Traveling Fellowship and has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Tamara Roy LEED AP, AIA is an architect and urban designer specializing in residential, academic, and mixed use master planning projects at Stantec Architecture Boston. Voted one of Boston's Top 50 Power Women in Real Estate, she was the design team leader for the residence tower at MassArt, described as "the most interesting high-rise in years" by the Boston Globe. She is the 2016 President of the Boston Society of Architects. Nicknamed "the mother of the micro-unit," Tamara became one of the earliest promoters of compact living when she advocated for changing the policy of minimum unit sizes in Boston’s Innovation District. Working with the Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab, she is leading a robust agenda at the BSA entitled, "Housing Solutions for the Missing Middle," which includes four prototype initiatives.
Max Stearns is Program Manager for the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab in Boston. Most recently, Mr. Stearns has been running the traveling road show for the the 385 square foot uhü prefab urban housing unit.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Cibele Goncalves at email@example.com or at 617-854-1843.