004 Karen Kubey – Cities of Imagination

Karen Kubey, Assistant Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, speaks about housing justice, how we need to design for abundance, we don’t live in policy, and how housing supply is part of a larger toolbox to provide housing for all.



Aging Against the Machine (designed in collaboration with Neeraj Bhatia, Ignacio G. Galan, and an interdisciplinary team for the exhibition Reset: Towards a New Commons; photo by Asya Gorovits)
Aging Against the Machine (designed in collaboration with Neeraj Bhatia, Ignacio G. Galan, and an interdisciplinary team for the exhibition Reset: Towards a New Commons; photo by Asya Gorovits)
Aging Against the Machine (designed in collaboration with Neeraj Bhatia, Ignacio G. Galan, and an interdisciplinary team for the exhibition Reset: Towards a New Commons; photo by Asya Gorovits)
Aging Against the Machine (designed in collaboration with Neeraj Bhatia, Ignacio G. Galan, and an interdisciplinary team for the exhibition Reset: Towards a New Commons; photo by Asya Gorovits)

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One thing that I focus on in my work as a designer is I think we have a collective failure of imagination. I think that ending the housing crisis And producing and renovating as much green social housing as we need is extremely achievable.

it’s very hard for people to imagine what that would look like. And that it is possible. And… I think the reason is that we have been subject to propaganda for many, many years, for decades, since the Cold War, basically, that says, Ah, no, social housing doesn’t work in the United States. It’s only for somewhere like Sweden. Forget about it. It’ll never work.


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