The Public Good In Your Hands: An Affordable Housing Workshop welcomes public participation into questions about the future of public housing raised by the National Public Housing Museum’s presentation of House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate, an ongoing research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.

This participatory educational workshop breaks down affordable housing policy into hands-on activities and easy-to-understand visuals. Facilitated by the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), the workshop invites participants to apply their knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods to collaboratively build an understanding of income demographics, rents, and available affordable housing programs, including public housing. Together, participants will explore the all-important question: “Affordable to whom?” CUP’s forthcoming book, What Is Affordable Housing? Chicago Edition, will also make its debut at the event.


  • Todd Palmer, Associate Director and Curator, National Public Housing Museum
  • Crystal Palmer, Assistant Director, Resident Engagement, Chicago Housing Authority
  • Ingrid Haftel, Center for Urban Pedagogy
  • Oscar Nuñez, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Limited seating available. For more information and to RSVP, email