Housing The Future 2.0

A Disruptive Futures Dialogue

Date and Time
Tue, September 10, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tumbleroot Brewery
Chair of the Department of Architecture at UNM & Founder of ecoMOD
Associate Director of Rural Studio
Co-founder & CEO of InOurHands.Love
Design Director at [bc]WORKSHOP

Creative Santa Fe’s Disruptive Futures Dialogues series generates visionary new approaches to critical issues to drive positive change. Housing the Future 2.0 will address Santa Fe’s housing needs by leveraging the art of storytelling and highlighting real-time innovative solutions to address, and begin to solve, Santa Fe’s affordable housing crisis.

Santa Fe is currently at a 99% rental capacity and lack of affordable housing is one of the most significant obstacles for current residents and economic growth. The city urgently needs as may as 5,000 new rental units and currently builds between 65-100 units per year. We clearly need creative new approaches to tackle this seemingly intractable challenge.

The first portion of the evening will feature three local artist’s responses to select housing stories to illustrate the reality of the Santa Fe housing crisis. Performers include punk rock musician Jessie Deluxe, poet Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, and screenwriter Sam Dabbs. Following the performances, multiple local and national affordable housing organizations will present their innovative and effective approaches to design, material, and community engagement to create positive and impactful change. Presenters will include:

The event will wrap-up with breakout sessions led by experts in the field to create specific roadmaps and action items.

This dialogue is a continuation of Creative Santa Fe’s 2018 Housing the Future event and is in conjunction with the Siler Yard Arts + Creativity Center affordable housing project.

Schedule and presenters are subject to change.

Attendance is free, but capacity is limited. RSVP is required for this event. Registration will open to the public in this page on Thursday, August 22nd at 10:00 AM. Snacks will be provided. Children are welcome. Please notify Creative Santa Fe ahead of time if special arrangements need to be made for attendees with disabilities or other needs. Registrations will close on Sunday, September 8th, or when the event reaches capacity.


The affordable housing issue in Santa Fe is a serious problem. Our personal stories illustrate this reality: Landlords controlling tenants’ brand of laundry detergent or what kinds of food can be prepared in the unit, landlords unable to afford their own rent breaking leases to move back in …or our favorite teachers, mechanics, and service industry workers moving away because of the rising cost of living without a marginal increase in living wage. Sometimes there’s a bit of humor in our housing challenges, but too often our stories are filled with desperation and lack of options or recourse.

We are calling all landlords, renters, neighbors, home owners and those without a home to share stories about how the current housing situation has had an effect in their lives.

Select submissions will be highlighted in an affordable housing zine designed by local artists, published this autumn. Select stories will be presented at our upcoming Housing the Future 2.0 public program this September. By collecting and retelling these stories, we can illustrate the reality of how the lack of affordable housing affects us all on different levels. All submissions are welcomed and will be considered.

Although we are interested in collecting stories of those negatively affected, we additionally want to hear stories of joy, celebration, pride, and success in housing. Who are the heroes? What are the positive actions we should celebrate?




This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.