Antje, as part of the Urban Works Agency is participating in an exhibit at the SPUR Urban Center on how to address San Francisco's need for 100,000 new housing units. From the official catalog --
"San Francisco has become a victim of its own success. The need for new housing has overwhelmed the city’s highly constrained urban form and pushed its social relations to the breaking point. The result is a San Francisco that threatens to divide into two cities: one built of luxury housing estates for the wealthy, and the other of minimal dwellings for the precarious workers of the post-crisis economy.
This crisis of housing affordability has become impossible to ignore, and short of a massive influx of public money, a dramatic increase in the supply of housing units has been seen as the only workable solution to meet demand and make housing more affordable. In early 2014, the City’s Chief Economist estimated that it would be necessary to build 100,000 units of housing to begin to have a stabilizing effect on median rents. But under the current physical and political constraints on the city’s built form, finding the space to create this radical supply of housing would make it necessary to, in the words of Supervisor David Campos, “build another city on top of the city.”
The design-research projects in this exhibition propose to do exactly that: using the goal of adding 100,000 housing units as their alibi, two alternative cities are imagined proximate to our own, each exploring formal expressions of a lateral internal densification of San Francisco. One city begins with the redefinition of the 'room’ as the most basic element of domestic space, and follows its aggregation into collective forms of living and working that take on the precarious worker as their subject. The other visualizes the invisible "unbuilt city” of unexploited zoning over the existing city, and projects onto it images of a new city of elevated collective megaforms in close dialogue with San Francisco’s unique topographic conditions.
The City and the City uncovers the hidden potentialities of the city that we have, in order to speculate about the form of the city we desire."
Head over for a look.