EcoBlock Project Manager Dr. Therese Peffer recently participated in a Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies symposium from March 24–26, 2022. Titled Bringing Digitalization Home: How Can Technology Address Housing Challenges?, the three-day event focused on digitalization—the use of automated digital technologies to collect, process, analyze, distribute, use, and sell information—and how it is spurring a fundamental change in the way housing is produced, marketed, sold, financed, managed, and lived in.
During the symposium, participants examined the nature and extent of technologically-driven changes and assessed whether these changes are likely to advance (or hamper) efforts to address economic, social, and environmental challenges, such as housing affordability, discrimination, and climate change. Speakers also suggested strategies the public, private, and nonprofit sectors can use to produce more equitable, environmentally sustainable housing.
Watch the full recording of the symposium on the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies website.