“Eichler Homes and the Reinvention of Affordable Housing in the Bay Area”
Long before Oscar Newman's Defensible Space and the demolition of Pruitt-Igoe, builders of low-cost housing in the Bay Area embraced alternatives to the tower-in-the-park. One of the leading figures in this effort, beginning in the 1950s, was Eichler Homes. This talk, presented by Matthew Gordon Lasner, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Hunter College, explores Eichler's nearly two dozen experiments in multifamily housing and suggests how the firm's efforts complicate our understandings of how innovation in housing happens.
In this new lecture series by the Environmental Design Archives (EDA), scholars and practitioners whose work has drawn extensively from research done at the EDA will discuss their latest findings. Ranging from topics like affordable housing, photography, ceramics and architectural competitions, the series will take place on the second Tuesday of each month in October and November of 2017 and February, March and April of 2018.