NewCities’ Masterclass: New Housing Solutions for a Warming World
About New Housing Solutions For a Warming World
Cities face a twin crisis of housing affordability and climate resilience that’s only been exacerbated by the pandemic. Soaring home prices triggered waves of migration from superstar cities toward lower-cost metros in areas more vulnerable to heat, flooding, and other disasters. The obvious solution is to build more homes, but existing patterns of development will only make things worse. Solving both crises requires doing so in tandem, through a combination of policy, planning, technology, techniques, and financing both the construction of new homes and adaptation of existing ones.
Why Join New Housing Solutions For a Warming World?
NewCities' Masterclass: Housing Solutions For a Warming World takes a deep dive into what obstacles need to be cleared, what leverage exists for systemic change, and the models we have for tackling the housing-and-climate challenge. This masterclass, aimed at practitioners in the climate and housing sector, public officials, architects, economists, and developers, explores the challenges in front of us and highlights actionable strategies for addressing them.
This masterclass includes four hours of pre-recorded lecture content that you can access at your own pace and countless additional readings and resources curated by the course instructors. Throughout the course, participants will acquire a high-level overview of systemic approaches and strategies for grappling with various aspects of this work in the short and long term.
Key Themes We Will Explore:
How restrictions on building in dense urban areas fuel migration and housing starts in climate disaster-prone regions
How ecodistricts and neighborhood-scale projects can deploy lower-cost, lower-carbon techniques and technologies such as passivhaus, prefabrication, and mass timber
How integrated development models offer opportunities to lower costs and energy intensity while increasing resilience and community
How changes in housing markets and messaging might steer inhabitants toward more climate-resilient housing and regions
NewCities is a nonprofit organization based in Canada committed to shaping healthier, more inclusive, and resilient cities through meaningful collaboration. To accomplish this, we produce events, create engagement opportunities, carry out actionable research, and disseminate knowledge through our editorial platform. NewCities works internationally with a focus on Canadian communities to enable positive impact and transformative processes.
Over the last decade, NewCities has built a unique and globally diverse network with expertise in housing, infrastructure, design and architecture, sustainability, and transportation. Together with our network and members, we empower businesses, governments, and civil society to form partnerships and help co-create solutions to transition into more sustainable and inclusive cities.
In recent years, NewCities has placed housing as a core area of work, committing to uncovering solutions to the ongoing housing affordability crisis. NewCities’ ongoing housing initiatives have built upon its network and brought together practitioners from the housing sector through in-person and virtual convening, and transferred capacity and knowledge through editorial publications, podcasts, webinars, and research.