Housing + society

Contemporary housing is in crisis. Access to affordable, quality and equitable forms of housing and community are urgent challenges in many rapidly transforming cities and communities. Understanding the complex social, cultural, economic and political forces that inform and shape design and production has been fundamental to creative innovation. New expectations and forms of household, tenure and ownership, finance, design and construction drives a radical rethink of contemporary housing forms and delivery mechanisms.

SALA faculty working in the Housing + Society research theme generate new knowledge, practices and prototypes to populate an emerging palette of new forms of housing and community.


Urbanization; Shrinking cities; Megacities; Coastal urbanism; First Nations communities; Finance and real estate; Gentrification and social equity; Dwelling types; Consumer culture and retail architecture