Instructor: Walter South, PhD Student at GCAS < Walter’s email is [email protected]. If you would like a syllabus for the class email him>
Course Description: Creating Affordable Housing in Your Community
Live Online & Interactive Seminar
Course Description: How a community or society houses its citizens reflects the values and ethics of that society. Shelter is increasingly becoming an alarming problem in neoliberal capitalism especially over the past four decades and in light of the devastating effects gentrification is imposing on historic communities. This course, taught by an experienced houser will identify the root problem of housing and propose a solution.
This course uses your work in academia to answer the question: "Does your community have a problem with housing? Is it affordable? Can it be made affordable in perpetuity?"
While the course will use sources from the States and Western Europe, the methodology used in addressing the Housing Question is applicable most anywhere.
Participants will be reading Friedrich Engles, Jane Jacobs, as well as Ebenezer Howard, Alex Schwartz, Peter Marcuse, or Tom Angotti, among others. But the main object will be to create an understanding of your housing problem by interviewing individuals working in areas of housing, such as real estate agents, government employees in housing programs, contractors or builders, managing agents, lawyers, developers, and non-profits in order to gather data to sustain a proposed solution for your community.
The course will be taught In New York City at the Red Oak Community Room at 135 West 106th. Red Oak is between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenue on the north side of the street. Access is via the #1 Subway or the #104 Bus.
Schedule and Meeting Times:
Classes will be held once a month for four months on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm-8:00pm (EST). Hence, January 11th, February 8th, March 8th, and April 12th.
The class is cosponsored by the West Side Forum. Participants can attend in person at the Red Oak for free or via the GCAS Platform, Big Blue Button (see below for details on how to join) .
How to use and join our platform:
We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB).
Here’s how you join: click on the Big Blue Button link. (http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas/) > Sign-in > Select your course's Classroom name (which will be put-up on BBB) > Password: researcher505
Here’s a tutorial for Big Blue Button: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHTZvbL1NT4
We recommend that you have a good to very good internet connection (this is crucial so you can fully experience the interactions between you and other participants (we call them researchers) and the instructor.
Walter South is the foremost expert on affordable housing in New York City. He holds four Masters degrees and has over 50 years of experience working for affordable housing and is currently writing his Doctoral dissertation on a new economic model to house everyone in respectable conditions regardless of their economic situation. His dissertation will be published as a manual for all communities. If you enroll in this course, Walter will make himself available to coach and guide you with your work on the local level to help provide people with safe and respectable shelter at no charge.