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Patrice Derrington and Erik Ghenoiu: Real Estate Development and Equitable Housing14:57

Patrice Derrington [Holliday Associate Professor/Director - Real Estate Development Program at Columbia GSAPP] and Erik Ghenoiu [Head of Research, Faculty Director of the Urban Pasts and Futures Lab (with generous support of the W. M. Keck Foundation), and faculty member in History and Theory at SCI-Arc] discuss real estate and housing, considering the history of real estate development and the current challenges related to producing more equitable housing in today’s cities. Derrington talks about the origins of real estate development in the 17th century with Covent Garden in London. Derrington reflects on how her students’ work strives for urban equality by considering social and community needs. She also emphasizes the significance of the user’s concept of economic value with respect to the spaces they inhabit. Ghenoiu raises the possibility of technology disrupting existing capital models and stresses the importance of rethinking how economic decisions are made regarding housing. Ghenoiu and Derrington also discuss the Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance as a productive model for bringing together technology, grass roots initiatives and policy in transforming the built environment.

Patrice Derrington is the Holliday Associate Professor and Director of the Real Estate Development Program at Columbia GSAPP. Prior, she taught for three years NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Derrington bridges the fields of education and real estate, and brings significant global experience as an executive and board director of numerous property companies to the critical tasks of educating students, integrating academe and industry, and building an innovative knowledge base for the real estate profession. A recipient of the prestigious Harkness Fellowship, Derrington studied for her Ph.D. in architecture/civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, adding to her Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree with First Class Honours and University Medal from the University of Queensland. Her teaching career began at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, and has been supplemented with over 12 years of real estate industry experience on Wall Street where she worked as an investment banker and advisor to major individual and institutional clients such as David Rockefeller, Keybank, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. 

Erik Ghenoiu [Head of Research, Faculty Director of the Urban Pasts and Futures Lab, and faculty member in History and Theory at SCI-Arc] writes about visual urbanism and design theory in Europe and the United States from before the First World War and after the Second, and on contemporary issues of urban transformation and emerging architectural philosophy. He previously served as the Manager of the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative, where he coordinated urban research involving more than twenty departments and institutes across Harvard. He was Adjunct Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design at Pratt Institute, where he also served as Director of Publications for the School of Architecture. He has taught or been a fellow at the City College of New York, the University of Queensland, Parsons, Queens University Belfast, Harvard, Freie-Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ghenoiu received an MA in the History of Art and Architecture and a PhD in Architecture from Harvard, a MS in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in Geography from Clark University.

Crew Credits:

Creator and Executive Producer - Hernán Díaz Alonso
Producers - Marcelyn Gow/Reza Monahan

Story Producer - Marcelyn Gow
Editors - Mariana Curti/Reza Monahan

Soundtrack -
"Sunshower" by Xylo-Ziko
"Synthetic Network" by C.K. Martin
"New World
" by Ian Post
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Additional Images and Video Provided by Patrice Derrington and Erik Ghenoiu

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