The time for empty promises has come to an end.
Join us for the Coastal Housing Coalition Conference this coming weekend. Below is a comprehensive schedule for the weekend.
Plenary Panel Discussion
The plenary panel consists of four local residents representing a broad cross-section of housing needs in Santa Barbara. The panelists include a large employer which can't retain qualified people because of housing; Reyne Stapetlmann, a realtor intimately involved w/ housing on the South Coast; and two employees with good jobs but who are struggling to find housing. The panel will address questions about how powerfully the report speaks to the problem; the effects of housing on the workplace; how things have changed over time; and possible solutions. Together, the panelists put a very human face on the numbers. The panel is moderated by Steven Amerikaner, a noted real estate attorney in Santa Barbara.
The Moderator - Steve Amerikaner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber SchreckMaruja Clensay, Associate Planner, Suzanne Elledge Planning & Permitting Services
Ann Peaks, Santa Barbara School District
Rachel Phelps, Teacher
Reyne Stapelmann, Realtor
1. Milennials and New Housing Trends
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The project designed by architect Ellen Bildsten and built by general contractor Dylan Davidson of Creative Structural Design. Click here for the complete list of awards. Dylan was off to his next construction adventure in Hawaii, so Ellen accepted the award and thanked the incredible clients and consultants on the project for their hard work. They included Windward Engineering, Gilmour Land Surveying, Coastal Geology and Soil Inc. and lighting designer Ann Kale Associates Inc. - congratulations to all!
October has been a busy month in the Studio. With lots of projects and exciting events, here is our studio newsletter.
- Food & Home Santa Barbara
Check out the Summer 2015 issue of Food & Home Santa Barbara, featuring Bildsten Architecture and Planning, Inc. Ellen was interviewed by Leslie Westbrook regarding energy efficient homes and affordable housing for the Santa Barbara community. Click Here to read the full article.
- Isla Vista Community Center
We are glad to announce that Bildsten Architecture and Planning Inc. was one of three finalists chosen by the County of Santa Barbara for the Isla Vista Community Center project. Congratulations to Blackbird Architects for being chosen for the project!
- 2015 Solar Decathlon
The office took a day to go down to check out the exciting innovative ideas that international students put forward for the 2015 Solar Decathlon, which was at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine California. Teams from international colleges and universities designed, built, and operated solar-powered houses and competed in such categories as construction cost, energy efficiency, and design. Click Here for more information about the 2015 decathlon. We enjoyed seeing so many inventive details and efficient solutions. Here are a few images from our decathlon adventure!
On Friday, April 10, leaders and community members came together at the Coastal Housing Coalition’s Santa Barbara Housing Conference to discuss the significant issues affecting workers county-wide. The South Coast has become a difficult place for many citizens to both live and work in, as people are frequently forced to move to Solvang, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and other North County cities due to a limited and expensive housing market in our immediate area.
At the conference, True North Research revealed the results of a survey which polled nearly 3,000 Santa Barbara County employees across diverse industries and found that 70 percent couldn’t afford to live within 25 minutes’ commute of where they work. Those that do live near where they work report spending up to 60 percent of their income on housing costs alone; the rule of thumb is that roughly 30% of income should be allocated to housing costs. Dr. Timothy McLarney, president of True North Research, characterized the issue as a “tale of two work forces,” one that entered the housing market before 2000, and one that arrived on the scene more recently. The proposed solution to the problem includes the development of new condos and apartment rentals built to be affordable for the South Coast’s middle class, due to higher density and smaller units. “They aren’t cheap”, said Dr. McLarney, “but they’re cheaper than what’s on the market right now.”
Bildsten Architecture and Planning was gratified to see so many community leaders participating in the discussion of such an important issue in our community. Affordable and employer-sponsored housing for the too-often displaced Santa Barbara workforce is one that we are working to solve one project at a time. By making use of the Average Unit-size Density (AUD) new zoning in key areas of the City of Santa Barbara, higher-density housing and mixed-use development will move us towards a more walkable, diverse and sustainable community. Well-designed condos, multi-family, mixed use housing projects could provide numerous, diverse homes, allowing residents to walk or bike to work instead of taking the congested 101. Events like last week’s housing conference allow us all the opportunity to consider solutions to the multi-faceted housing problem on the South Coast.