Social Housing

Case Studies

Task: Working in teams, conduct case studies of anti-displacement measures around the world that are specifically focused on social/decommodified housing (e.g. Berlin, Lisbon, Vienna, Manila, Singapore, and Uruguay). Conduct virtual interviews with practitioners and advocates of the respective locales. Create a visual summary of case findings (i.e. defining attributes of the policies/programs, forms of tenant ownership and control, forms of public ownership and oversight).


Task: As a studio class, develop 3 social housing typologies—each of which includes a site plan and section, ownership and governance structure, and cast of characters. Incorporate social housing prototypes into a short video, bookended by an introductory overview of social housing basics and why it is important along with a concluding section on needed policies and next steps.