The next city in our Global Cities and Affordable Housing series is Nairobi, Kenya, located in East Africa. The Maasai tribe, local nomadic pastoralists, named the city Enkare Nairobi, or “cool water” in the Maa language, after a large watering hole. Nairobi was colonized as a railway city by the British East African Company in the 1890s. Swahili and English are the national languages.
The housing affordability crisis in the United States is multifaceted and longstanding. One factor contributing to high housing costs is the inability of the residential construction industry to supply enough new housing units to meet demand.
The 2022 Innovative Housing Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), brought thousands of visitors to Washington, DC’s National Mall from June 10 – 12.
Opened in 2019 on land once owned by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Aspen Place is a 40-unit affordable development in the EcoVillage, a compact area in Cleveland, Ohio’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood that is dedicated to environmental sustainability.
In March 2022, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University hosted “Bringing Digitalization Home,” a symposium exploring how digital technology might influence how housing is built, used, and financed.