Housing Our Cities’ Growing Populations

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Sponsored by Think Wood
Presented by David Hamilton, Ben Kaiser, and Devin Ratliff

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss efforts being made to improve resiliency in building multifamily housing.
  2. Explain how cities with rapidly growing populations and low housing inventories can meet the housing demand without sacrificing good design in new construction.
  3. Identify the types of innovative housing solutions cities are experimenting with to attract young professionals and empty nesters.
  4. Describe the impact of public transportation, pedestrian-friendly areas, and increased amenities on housing in cities’ increasingly popular downtowns.


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Population growth within American cities continues to skyrocket. Once empty downtowns in Rust Belt cities like Detroit, St. Louis, and Buffalo are filling up. Places across North America such as Tulsa, Philadelphia, and Ottawa, hoping to be the next Seattle, are wooing tech companies to bring their offices there. And destinations like San Francisco and New York are suffering a shortage of affordable housing while facing—like many coastal cities—increasing threats of natural disaster due to climate change.

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David Hamilton headshot

David Hamilton is a principal at Praxis3 Architects. He shares responsibility for guiding overall design at the 50-person Atlanta firm and has played a primary role in the development of both the Mixed-Use and Cultural + Institutional Studios, where he has served as lead designer on several major projects. David’s mixed-use experience spans the gamut from the six-story George apartment building located in the Memorial Drive Corridor to a small 13-unit infill apartment building in Midtown Atlanta. He was a leader in Praxis3’s Memorial Drive Corridor Study efforts and assisted the City of Atlanta in rewriting the zoning for the area. David currently serves on the City of Atlanta’s Beltline Design Review Committee. He is also active in Atlanta’s architecture, design, and art communities, serving on several boards and committees. David currently serves on the Board of the Freedom Park Conservancy, where he was board chair from 2014 to 2016. He is a frequent review critic at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture and the Kennesaw State University College of Architecture. David earned a Master of Architecture from Clemson University.

Ben Kaiser headshot

Ben Kaiser is committed to mass timber construction and believes it is the future of sustainable development. He is an advocate for its efficient construction, environmentally responsible development, safety, and seismic resilience. Ben’s most recent project, Carbon12, is the tallest CLT building in the United States. To bring Carbon12 to life, he successfully worked with state officials to waive the restrictive codes that limit the height of wood buildings. This singular accomplishment has made mid- to high-rise CLT buildings possible for the first time in this country. By building with mass timber, Ben hopes to help reinvigorate the Pacific Northwest’s timber economy and continue Portland’s reputation as a leader in American urban revitalization. Ben brings a unique perspective to urban development, informed by more than 20 years of serving as the owner, developer, architect, and general contractor on his projects. He was involved in the early stages of Portland’s Pearl District and has spearheaded redevelopment in northeast Portland, including the Historic Mississippi District and the Williams/Vancouver corridor. Ben is a former member of the Portland Design Commission. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Devin Ratliff headshot

Devin Ratliff joined Kohn Pedersen Fox in 1999 and has worked on many high-profile corporate, office, hospitality, institutional, and infrastructure projects in New York, New Jersey, and around the United States. He served as the project manager for the NYCHA Red Hook House Sandy Resiliency and Renewal Program at Red Hook in Brooklyn, a campus-wide program to raise critical systems, protect and improve resident access, and restore and enhance site amenities. Other recent projects include 30 Hudson Yards, a 67-floor office tower that anchors the northeast corner of the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s west side; Prudential’s new Newark headquarters, which has helped to revitalize downtown Newark; the repositioning of the Conrad Hotel in Battery Park City; and Centra Metropark, a LEED Platinum-certified office building that underwent a wholesale repositioning and modernization and was subsequently awarded a National AIA Award.

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Originally published in August 2018