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Filling the Gap: Affordable Housing Crisis Through Design

August 15, 2019, 5 to 7 p.m. CT

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Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60603

Hosted by: American Institute of Architects, Congress for New Urbanism – Illinois

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This event is part of "Equity in Action: A Conversation Series," a dynamic lineup of public events exploring the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities. The Equity in Action series is presented with generous support from The Field Foundation.


Teardowns, de-conversions, rising costs of land and construction, zoning restrictions—the challenges to building housing in and around Chicago seem, at times, endless. Two different design competitions were launched in 2018 to directly address some of these challenges by engaging local architects to create innovative, sustainable, and dynamic prototypes for new infill homes. The Chicago Housing Taskforce—a collaborative group of organizations invested in housing equity—launched Disruptive Design: New Solutions for Homeownership to create affordable, replicable, and wealth-building single-family or owner-occupied two-flat homes in Chicago; the Congress for New Urbanism launched their Missing Middle competition to create high-quality and cost-effective housing for the middle market between the scale of single-family homes and mid-rise apartments for urban, suburban, or mid-sized downstate sites.

Join us for a riveting panel conversation with representatives from and winners of both housing design competitions. Attendees will have a chance to peruse winning submissions and hear from the architects how they tackled the monumental challenge.

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Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with time to mingle before and after. The cost of the event is $15 for members of the general public and $12 for MPC Donors. Admission includes snacks, soft drinks, wine and beer.

If you have any additional questions or need special accommodations, please contact us at

"Equity in Action" Conversation Series

Aided by more than 100 advisors, the Metropolitan Planning Council, in May 2018, released a roadmap for a more racially equitable Chicago region. As we continue working closely with partners to implement the two dozen recommendations in the roadmap, we reflect on one of our biggest learnings from this journey: the value of creating and elevating public dialogue on the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities. MPC and partners present Equity in Action: A Conversation Seriesa dynamic lineup of public events to celebrate progress, examine issues, and hold ourselves accountable for advancing the change that’s needed. For more information, click here.

The Equity in Action series is presented with generous support from The Field Foundation.

Event Partners

American Institute of Architects

Congress for New Urbanism – Illinois

Neighborhood Housing Services – Chicago

Sponsorship opportunities for this conversation series and specific event are available! 

For more information, contact: 
Janet Myers 
Vice President of Philanthropy 

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