2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Straw, Sticks or Bricks: The Urban Housing Challenge

Friday, March 11
3:45PM - 4:45PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St

Housing is the key to a vibrant, livable community. Urban centers are struggling to maintain quality and affordable housing for all. Mayors are innovating to tackle affordability, collapsing infrastructure, disaster resilience, urban blight, and sustainability. With rapid urbanization trending across the country and world, mayors are employing new strategies to house their growing populations. How do inventive strategies like micro units compete amongst outdated zoning requirements? Can mayors balance the need to densify neighborhoods and maintain the characteristics that longtime residents appreciate? What can mayors do to build relationships with architects, developers, and residents to move forward thinking design into reality? Hear from leading mayors who are changing the face of housing.

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Jessica Dailey at SXSW

Jessica Dailey

Managing Editor


Jessica Dailey is Curbed's managing editor. She came to Curbed in 2012 and spent three years editing Curbed's New York site, where she gained extensive experience covering new residential developme...

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John Giles


City of Mesa

John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014. Mayor Giles is committed to taking Mesa to the next level with his NextMesa vision. Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young U...

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Jorge Elorza


City of Providence

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza was born in Providence and grew up in the city’s West End. After graduating from Classical High School, he earned his bachelor's degree from URI and worked as an auditor on Wa...

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Trinity Simons at SXSW

Trinity Simons


Mayors’ Institute on City Design

Trinity Simons is the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. In that capacity, she works with mayors from across the country, assisting them in addressing some of our nation’s most press...

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