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Author: Austin Burke
Title: Housing for All Design Charrette
Description: In March of 2019, the National Low Income Housing Coalition identified Orlando as the metropolitan area with the most severe affordable housing shortage in the nation. Local architects joined in on the call for action when the Orange County Mayor created a Housing for All task force with the purpose of implementing solutions to this crisis in Central Florida. The Young Architects Forum of Orlando and the University of Florida CityLab Orlando campus teamed up with the local government and proposed a design charrette to stress test proposed affordable housing incentives and zoning codes. The goal was to create actual solutions that were feasible within the new codes and suggest changes that would help these proposals actually be built. Teams of emerging professionals and students had less than a week to visit sites, work with local residents, and design solutions. In the end, each team presented their findings to the community, local leaders, and news organizations. These studies were packaged and given to the Housing for All task force to review for integrating in future planning solutions designed to bring quality affordable housing options to the Orlando community.