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Under Pressure
Essays on Urban Housing

Edited By

Hina Jamelle

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ISBN 9780367465032
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

Under Pressure is about instigation and design in urban housing. Urban housing is a bellwether for economic, social, and political change. It varies widely in quality, typology, and audience and lies between the formal systems of urban infrastructure and the informal systems of daily life. Housing’s complexity offers unique and exciting opportunities to architects. Its entwinement with private equity and public agencies presents important challenges amplified by urbanization. This book gathers and contextualizes relevant conversations in urban housing unfolding today across architecture through four topics: Learning from History, Changing Domesticities, Housing Finance and Policy, and Design and Material Innovation. The result is a multi-disciplinary amalgam of research and design intelligence from thought leaders in the fields of architecture, real estate, economics, policy, material design, and finance.

Table of Contents


00. Urban Housing Under Pressure

Part 1: Learning from History

01. Future Histories

02. Living Off the Land

03. The Value of a Home: A Critical Approach to Local Practice

04. Tectonics and Urban Identity

Part 2: Changing Domesticities

05. New Domesticities, New Realities

06. Empowering Entrepreneurship

07. Micro–Macro Living

Part 3: Housing Finance and Policy

08. Confronting Affordable Housing Challenges: The Local Role

09. Urban Housing and the Value of the Architect

10. Ten Points on a Projective Economy and Architecture

Part 4: Design and Material Innovation

11. Voids and Other Invisible Objects

12. (Re)Configuring Typology

13. Material Speculation: A Science and Craft

14. Speculating with Constraints

15. The Architect’s Agency in a Developers’ Market

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Hina Jamelle teaches Architectural Design at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, where she is the Director of Urban Housing and teaches final year Graduate Option Studios.