February 22-March 9, 2022
LOCATION + HOURS
Bauer Wurster Gallery (121 Bauer Wurster Hall) campus map
Wednesday, February 23 @ 6pm
In person + livestreamed!
Check back soon for livestream info
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In March 2021, the Biden Administration released the American Jobs Plan, earmarking $213B for “quality” and “affordable” housing, yet the bill lacks specificity on how houses are to be built. Here housing’s problem is split into two: a social one of accessibility and equity, and a material one of wood, metal, and rocks. Architects can play a unique role in bridging abstract policy ambitions to real construction as these connections are made every day in practice.
Although accessible housing has been cast in many forms, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have been a catalyst for including architects in direct policy development. For the first time, cities are directly contracting with architects to provide designs for private property through pre-approved ADU programs. These programs reflect a plurality of ideas, though without rigorous consideration for how the costs of site work, labor, materials, and energy make quality housing sustainable.
Small Infrastructures is an exhibition of ADU designs that uses the economics of building assembly as the groundwork for experimentation. Ten architects teaching at Harvard GSD and Berkeley CED consider the overlaps between academia, where cost is often external to conceptual work, and practice, where budgeting is an integral task.
Curated by Michelle Chang and Rudabeh Pakravan
- Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are Founding Partners of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office and John C. Portman Design Critics in Architecture at Harvard GSD
- Sean Canty is the founder of Studio Sean Canty (SSC) and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD
- Yasmin Vobis is co-founder of Ultramoderne and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD
- Michelle Chang is the director of JaJa Co and is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD
- Lisa Iwamoto is the principal at IwamotoScott Architecture. She is the Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED) and the Doris and Clarence Malo Collegium Teaching Chair in Design
- Mark Anderson is a founding partner in the firm Anderson Anderson Architecture and a Professor of Architecture at Berkeley CED
- Andrew Atwood is a partner in the architecture firm First Office and an Associate Professor of Architecture at Berkeley CED
- Neyran Turan is a partner in the architecture firm NEME Studio and an Associate Professor of Architecture at Berkeley CED
- Rudabeh Pakravan is a principal at Sidell Pakravan Architects and a Continuing Lecturer in Architecture at UC Berkeley CED