HIGHLIGHTED FACULTY RESEARCH:
Living Legacy of Housing Landmarks and Planned Communities
A resident of Greenbelt (See author’s drawing on the left) Architecture Professor Isabelle Gournay researches the living legacy of planned residential developments and teaches a graduate seminar on "Affordable Housing: Form and Reform" (see student papers below). Her work emphasizes the crosscurrents in European and American housing, such as the work of Levitt near Paris. With Mary Corbin Sies, a UMD American Studies professor and Australian colleague Robert Freestone, she is editing an international anthology on the Heritage of Iconic Planned Communities, from New Lanark to Seaside. The links below highlight recent publications:
Housing Strategies Group at the National Center for Smart Growth
A 2011 study by Planning Professor Casey Dawkins recently analyzed the spatial distribution of low-income housing tax credit properties for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. For further details on this and other ongoing research initiatives at the HSG follow the links below:
Sustainability Assessments of HOPE VI Redevelopments
HOPE VI supports demolishing large, dilapidated public housing and replacing it with smaller-scale, more appealing properties. What makes this feasible also creates conditions that challenge and can undermine long-term sustainability. Real Estate Development Professor Margaret McFarland researched the assessment need to assist private owners and public agencies in sustaining this valuable resource.
RECENT STUDENT WORK: