What we’re reading: David Baker Architects 9 Ways to Make Housing for People

July 2, 2023 • Posted by dawn

Pragmatic and imaginative, this book is a modern manual for urban housing—getting it built and making it great. 

David Baker Architects has been designing multifamily housing for more than four decades. With offices in San Francisco, Oakland, and Birmingham, Alabama, the firm is a pioneer in urban housing, with an award-winning design portfolio of more than 15,000 homes—affordable and market rate—throughout the Bay Area and across the country.  

Combining how-to with why-to, principals David Baker, Amanda Loper, and Daniel Simons lay out the core framework the firm uses to help communities develop places for people to thrive. Written in accessible language for design professionals and students as well as residents, developers, and city officials, 9 Ways to Make Housing for People engagingly explains principles and strategies to achieve quality and value in new housing. The 9 Ways have been presented in cities across America and were featured in an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. 

Purchase the book online here, or your favorite local bookseller.

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We especially appreciate their shout-out about their partnership with Creativity Explored:

“In the idea of art for all, the “all” goes beyond the residents of the building to include local artists and arts organizations. When developing an art program for a building, we seek to add meaning and identity while also creating a connection with the building’s local community.

One of our favorite partnerships is with Creativity Explored, a studio-based collective in San Francisco that supports neurodiverse and developmentally disabled artists to celebrate and nurture creative potential. We are inspired by their simple mission statement: Art Changes Lives.

Learn more about Creativity Explored here and learn how you can partner in your upcoming projects.

9 Ways to Make Housing for People was authored by David Baker Architects, designed by Mende Design, and published by ORO Editions.