Julia Robinson, FAIA
Start: November 5, 2018 4 p.m.
End: November 5, 2018 5 p.m.
Location: Architecture Building, Room 100

Dr. Julia Williams Robinson, FAIA, a registered architect with a background in anthropology, is an international expert on issues relating to housing and architecture. A Professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, she received her PhD from Delft Technical University. Among her numerous publications, her book, Institution & Home: Architecture as a Cultural Medium (Techne Press, 2006) details the complex tensions between institutional and home environments when designing housing for people with special needs. Her newest book, Complex Housing: Designing for Density (Routledge, 2018)1) analyzes a particular innovative form of housing with higher densities that mix diverse uses, housing types, and income levels, 2) develops design principles and 3) discusses the implications for replicating complex housing elsewhere.

Between 1990 and 2010 (The VINEX period) the Dutch developed housing projects that were integral to their neighborhood; were dens; included many housing types and life styles; and incorporated rent and purchase, mixed use and mixed income. The lecture explores why this happened in the Netherlands, what are the characteristics of complex housing (using a typological approach), and how -under what conditions- it might be employed elsewhere.

During the lecture, Robinson will address these learning objectives:

  • Describe planning organizations for varied housing types in dense urban housing.
  • Discuss principles for incorporation of access types (galleries, decks, courtyards, corridors, etc.) used internationally in multi-family housing.
  • Identify key programming elements and concerns in planning multi-use urban housing.
  • Illustrate innovative approaches in Dutch planning and their relevance for the American city.
AIA and LA CES approved for 1 CEU