The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentations start @ 7pm

September 10, 02018A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Barry Bluestone, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Tamara M. Roy, Principal with Stantec, Boston, and past President of the Boston Society of Architects and
Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC, Rose and Partners Architects, Boston

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

Three of Boston’s pre-eminent leaders in housing and urban design will guide this Long Now Boston conversation on the future of housing.


The housing infrastructure of human communities has evolved across the centuries in response to economic, technological and demographic forces as well as artistic and social preferences.

Boston offers an invaluable historical record on the evolutionary trends in housing in recent centuries and is now becoming a test-bed for housing innovations to better serve human needs and aspirations in the centuries to come.

Three of Boston’s pre-eminent leaders in housing and urban design will guide this Long Now Boston conversation on the future of housing.

Some of the questions to be addressed include:

  • How did we get here?
  • What factors drive housing design and innovation?
  • What evidence can we see for historic housing innovations in the Boston area?
  • Where are we now?
  • How well is our present housing infrastructure dealing with current economic and demographic conditions?
  • What problems do we need to address?
  • What are the key barriers to successful innovation?
  • Where are we going?
  • What are the most promising innovations in the short term? The longer term?
  • What might Boston look like in 100 years?
  • What action plan is needed to get where we want to go?

Join the conversation and become part of the solution.

$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.

Barry Bluestone, Ph.D., is a Professor of Political Economy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. He served as founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy from 1999 to 2015, and founding dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs from 2006 to 2012. Bluestone has led research projects on housing, local economic development, state and local public finance and manufacturing sector and has been lead author on each of the fifteen editions of the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card. Bluestone has written widely on economic and social issues and contributes regularly to academic, as well as popular journals. He is the author of eleven books, including The Deindustrialization of America (1982), Growing Prosperity: The Battle for Growth with Equity in the 21st Century (2000), and The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis (2000), and The Urban Experience: Economics, Society, and Public Policy (2008). He appears frequently on local and national radio. Bluestone is also a founding member of the Economic Policy Institute, along with Robert Reich, Lester Thurow, Robert Kuttner, Ray Marshall, and Jeff Faux.

Tamara Roy, BA, MA, AIA Leed AP, is a principal with Stantec Architects and past President of the Boston Society of Architects. She is an architect and urban designer specializing in residential, academic, and mixed-use master planning projects and a passionate advocate for compact living spaces. Voted one of Boston’s Top 50 Power Women in Real Estate, she was the design team leader for the new residence tower at MassArt, described as ‘the most interesting highrise in years’ by the Boston Globe. Tamara became one of the earliest promoters of compact living when she advocated for changing the policy of minimum unit sizes at a 2010 Innovation District housing symposium. She mentors the ‘What’s In’ research initiative on innovative urban living and is currently working on a pilot 100% affordable, compact unit building on city-owned land in South Boston. Her design portfolio includes Troy Boston in the South End, 225 Centre Street in Jackson Square, academic projects at MassArt, Cornell, Dartmouth, and UMass Lowell, and the Yotel, a micro hotel on Seaport Boulevard. Tamara received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon, and her Masters of Urban Design and Architecture from the Berlage Institute, an international think-tank in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she lived in a 300 square foot apartment with her husband and baby.

Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC, is a recognized leader in the architectural design profession. Since beginning his practice in 1978, Rose has received numerous awards for residential, institutional, and urban design projects. The scale of his projects has varied from large urban design projects, such as the Old Port of Montreal Waterfront Master Plan, to smaller renovations and additions. In addition to his professional practice, Rose has maintained a long-term involvement in architectural education. He was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design since from 1991 to 2010, and has also taught at Princeton University, McGill University, and the University of Toronto. He frequently serves on student design reviews and related symposia. Rose received the Master in Architecture degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. He is licensed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Quebec.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Barry, Tamara and Peter to the Long Now Boston community.