AIA Northern Virginia
Dutch Complex Housing – Density and Mixed Use
March 14

At the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

Dr. Julia Williams Robinson, FAIA, with a background in anthropology and architecture, is an international expert on issues relating to housing and architecture. She is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and received her PhD from Delft Technical University. Among her numerous publications, her book, Institution & Home: Architecture as a Cultural Medium, details the complex tensions between institutional and home environments when designing housing for people with special needs. Her newest book is Complex Housing: Designing for Density (Routledge, 2018). It compares creative approaches to housing between the USA and the Netherlands, focusing on projects with higher densities that mix diverse uses and apartment types. Her illustrated lecture will focus on innovations and approaches in Dutch architectural design to serve diverse housing populations in urban areas.

Learning Objectives:

• Participants will consider planning organizations for varied multi-family dwelling types in dense urban housing.

• Participants will discuss principles of plan analysis to evaluate social accessibility for different building designs.

• Participants will identify key programming elements, formal organizational strategies and design concerns in planning multi-use urban housing.

• Participants will explore innovative approaches in Dutch planning and their relevance for the American city.

Sponsored by the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech and AIA Northern Virginia.

1.5 HSW LUs. $10; free for students. 6:30p reception, lecture to follow.