Toronto has found in Revitalization a creative, if imperfect, way to address long-term capital financing gaps. This memo explores the program in detail, to highlight how similar agency-developer partnerships could be a means to address capital financing challenges elsewhere. It concludes with two sets of recommendations: first, for Toronto, as it looks to future Revitalization projects; and second, for policymakers, cities, and social housing agencies interested in bringing a Revitalization-like program to their jurisdictions.
Intersection: an affordable housing development at Glen Park BART
Our award-winning proposal in our housing design studio.
Social housing, transit, and commutes in Toronto
Do residents of social housing live in neighbourhoods with longer-than-average commute times, despite relatively good proximity to higher-order transit stations?
DoubleUp: How securitizing ADU loans will build more affordable rental housing
My pitch for DoubleUp, a proposal for ADU-backed securities. Our team is in the finals at the 2019 Harvard Real Estate Venture Competition and Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge.
Toronto Community Housing CityPlace Block 32: A case study in affordable urban infill development
150 Dan Leckie Way, 146 Fort York Boulevard, and 125 Queen’s Wharf Road, Toronto Photo via The Globe and Mail Photo via KPMB Architects Background on Toronto Community Housing Toronto has been a forest of cranes for the past few decades, with rapid growth in its core neighbourhoods transforming both the city’s skyline and residential…… Continue reading Toronto Community Housing CityPlace Block 32: A case study in affordable urban infill development
Assessing vulnerability to near-future displacement in San Francisco’s Chinatown
Leveraging Census and other data on economic and housing indicators, this study seeks to understand the particular threats faced by Chinatown in the near future—with a focus on the vulnerability of its large population of Asian low-income renters.
Fighting Toronto’s rental affordability crisis with “laneway suite” ADUs
Exploring the potential for 18.3K ADUs to be profitable, affordable rental units in Toronto’s yards.
Proposing new directions for housing policy in California
While government and private actors have been making small differences, the time has come for radical new solutions in conjunction with existing strategies. The novel policy recommendations that follow have been designed with California’s unique constraints in mind, and attempt to minimize financial impacts to all stakeholders while maximizing production, preservation, and protection.
Intentions, failures, and change over time in Le Corbusier’s Modernist Cité Frugès housing complex
By reappropriating control over the spaces they occupied, residents truly realized the spirit of Corbusier’s ideas—building a modern city for themselves, grounded in the freedom that the designer sought for them. Today, in Pessac, one can find the truest representation of a modernist garden suburb.
Mapping cats and dogs as a proxy for neighbourhood change
Mildly sarcastic insights about the changing distribution of pets in Toronto’s neighbourhoods.