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Grace Forum with Sandhya Naidu Janardhan — The Housing Crisis: What Can We Learn from India? (In-Person) 

Sunday, September 25 @ 9:30 am 10:30 am

Housing is a complex and critical issue. One small example is Plaza East in the Western Addition, and the plan to replace its 193 units of public housing with a larger 755-apartment, mixed-income complex. Will it help the current residents, or will it lead to further displacement of a Black community that has been struggling to hold on in the Western Addition since much of the neighborhood was destroyed during the redevelopment era of the 1960s and ’70s? Is there too much focus on how to build more individual units, and not enough on how to create thriving and resilient communities?  

Sandhya Naidu Janardhan is an architect specializing in community-led design and sustainable architecture, and Managing Director at Mumbai-based Community Design Agency, which works alongside communities on the margins, addressing cultural and societal inequalities through the built environment through building trust, participatory planning, community-led action, and human-centered design. 

Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young in a conversation with her about innovations in housing and community building, and what we in the housing-crunched Bay Area can learn by comparing and sharing perspectives and best practices in India. 

Read Will mixed-income redevelopment help or hurt the S.F. public housing project where Mayor Breed grew up? 
Read: How residents of a slum in India redesigned their neighborhood
Watch The Value of Empathy in Design Practice 

About the Guest 

Sandhya Naidu Janardhan is an architect with 12 years of experience in community-led design and sustainable architecture. Managing Director at Community Design Agency, she is working with a diverse group of disadvantaged communities, civic agencies and designers to address inequities in the built environment. Licensed and educated in India, Sandhya is also a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a TEDIndia Fellow. Her previous work spans multiple countries, in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors – including landscape architecture and design for a Singapore-based interdisciplinary design firm, and post-earthquake reconstruction in Haiti for a US Based non-profit. 

About the Moderator 

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.    

About  The  Forum  

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  More about Grace Forum

Event Details

The Forum takes place in Gresham Hall, on the lower level of the cathedral. Enter from the garage or Taylor Street, or from the lower doors on California Street.

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