Earlier this month, the Sasaki Foundation hosted a panel discussion that brought together leaders in housing strategy from around the Boston area. The discussion was held in the Incubator at Sasaki, a flexible research studio and co-working space that is curated by the Sasaki Foundation.
Titled “Innovative Solutions to Housing Needs,” the panel was part of the Sasaki Foundation’s quarterly speaker series program that convenes panels on urgent issues surrounding urbanism and the built environment. In large cities across the country, the demand for and cost of housing is rising, leading to displacement and increased economic and social pressures in communities. As Boston’s population steadily grows, conversations about housing accessibility and affordability are extremely pertinent.
The panelists included Taylor Cain from the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab, Jennifer Gilbert from the Kuehn Charitable Foundation, Nick Kelly, a PhD Candidate at MIT, and Bridgette Wallace from G|Code House. The panel was moderated by Luc Schuster from Boston Indicators.
Panelists discussed how they work to solve housing challenges through initiatives such as G|Code House, a co-living, working, and learning community for young women of color interested in tech (G|Code House was also one of the 2018 Sasaki Foundation Design Grant recipients). They also answered questions regarding community growth and gentrification, the rate of innovation in Boston’s housing sector, and what they would do if they were governor of Massachusetts.