Visit any prosperous city these days, particularly in the U.S., and here’s what you’ll see: an abundance of housing on the rise. Glass towers with zippered balconies in some neighborhoods, stucco-clad apartment blocks in others. Angled boxes that slide three or four units into neighborhoods where single-family houses were the norm, and boldly patterned slabs amid the parking lots and warehouses of faded industrial zones.
But no matter the city, no matter the design style of choice, I’ll wager that you also hear concerns that this construction isn’t enough. All these new structures with their roof decks and bike rooms and dog-washing stations are too rarely accompanied by ones that put roofs over the heads of the average worker. Or seniors on tight budgets. Or couples with no real recourse, if they lose their current home, than to end up on the streets.