Ground Up Ideas // April 29, 2022

Let's talk about housing policy.

I'm currently halfway through Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. It's an incredibly powerful summary of the U.S.'s race-based housing laws, and it's very painful to read. Beyond policies that reinforced segregation, some of the most heartbreaking actions were those that segregated already integrated communities. Some laws that broke up harmonious, vibrant neighbors were ironically intended to even "benefit" marginalized families, but ended up putting them on the fringes even further.

What might our country have looked like now without those policies? Are there policies currently in place that are causing just as much damage to our country and our people?

Feel free to respond, would love to hear what you think.


M U S T - R E A D S

South Korea to build a floating city for 12,000 people next year with U.N. backing // NBC News

An architect who mixes water and nature to build resilience // NYTimes

The biggest architecture firms are breaking into the metaverse // Architectural Record

Our urban Future may be a 'City in a Box’ // Bloomberg CityLab

Jony Ive’s design lab's ambitious climate challenge // FastCompany

The hotel industry works towards a carbon positive future // Surface Magazine


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