Housing the Future

A Disruptive Futures Dialogue

Date and Time
Thursday, June 28, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St Michaels Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Artwork created by of Israel Haros Lopez


The only cities worth building, indeed the only futures worth dreaming of, are those that include all of us, no matter who we are or how we make homes for ourselves.

 –OluTimehin Adegbeye

One of the biggest challenges to solving the crisis of housing in our city is a crisis of imagination. We know that the City of Santa Fe builds between 65-100 units of affordable housing a year. We also know that the need is currently between 5,000 – 8,000 units. Even in doing our very best within the systems we currently have in place, we will never meet the need. We need to rethink what is possible and explore wildly new strategies and ideas. What better way than engaging the arts and science fiction to open up new worlds and collectively dream up a future with housing for all.

‘Housing the Future: A Disruptive Futures Dialogue’ was the first step towards building out this idea. The event provided a platform to examine Santa Fe’s housing crisis and to reimagine what is possible-and necessary-for the sustainability of our city.  Using the powerful lenses of science fiction and social equity, renowned social impact designer Liz Ogbu and writer and musician Gabriel Teodros of Octavia’s Brood invited community members to create their own stories and visions for a future in which everyone in Santa Fe has a home.  Bridging the past, present, and future, local speakers Zane Fischer, Alicia Inez Guzmán, Joseph Kunkel, Beata Tsosie-Peña, and City Councilor Renee Villarreal discussed current challenges and highlighted initiatives led by advocates and community organizations to address our housing crisis. The event attracted over 175 attendees representing more than 24 local organizations, and over 400 live stream viewers watched online.

In an effort to nurture and continue the conversation, we have worked with our guest artist Gabriel Teodros to design a creative challenge. For details click this link. Submissions from the challenge will be curated into zines to be distributed across our community, highlighting the incredible work being done on the ground and the powerful visions our community has for our future.

Featured Local Guest Speakers: Zane Fischer, Alicia Inez Guzmán, Joseph Kunkel, Councilor Renee Villarreal, and Beata Tsosie-Peña.


Click this link to watch the full recording of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJGkyxfhkF4&t=1493s

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"I enjoyed the opportunity to visualize Santa Fe's future in a positive and inclusive manner. It was good to see such a large diverse crowd."
--Simon Brackley, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
"Given that the room was packed it is apparent that affordable housing is something people from all income brackets are interested in seeing happen in Santa Fe. If the engagement from Thursday night are any indication and people stay involved I have hope for affordable housing in this amazing city."
--Bridget Morris, Bella Forte Designs
"So glad we are using creative processes to address issues that appear locked in concrete, linear modes."
-- Anonymous
"When people talk about the housing crisis, the conversation often gets mired in a maze of statistics, policy debates, and feelings of inevitability. The Housing the Future convening provided a space to shift the conversation from the abstract details of the crisis to the lived experience of people at the heart of it. And working through the lens of the Visionary Fiction movement, the program set up interesting questions of what if we allowed ourselves to release into the radical imagination of an inclusive and healed future? And could that provide a disruptive guide for how to remedy the current and historical landscapes of injustice?"
-Liz Ogbu