Housing Miami

Tosin Bamidele

Access to safe, decent, and affordable housing is relevant to the wellbeing of an economy. Several studies have drawn relationships between numerous housing variables and human wellbeing, workforce output, the level of security, and social interactions, to list a few. A major way to wipe out poverty is by providing subsidized housing in urban areas. When housing is prioritized, a government can address climate action and form partnerships with other nations to address the goals of the Green New Deal.


With this in mind, I sought to understand the reasons behind the huge housing crisis in Miami through this project. There were three issues. For one, very limited funds have been budgeted towards public housing. As a result, Miami uses a neo-liberal approach through not-for-profit organizations to provide housing independently. Secondly, the locations of most of the publicly funded housing projects do not tally with the communities in dire need of government-funded housing. Finally, public housing seems threatening to private landlords in Miami, which logically explains the dismissal of some subsidized housing proposals.


The first phase of this project entailed studying precedents to understand the behavior of housing in neighborhoods. Fictional and nonfictional districts in SimCity and Singapore City respectively were analyzed and parallels were drawn between these cities and the housing situation in Miami-Dade County. The data gathered from these precedents informed the material plugged into GIS to produce clearly stated maps. Intervention from the maps revealed the projected housing needs of Miami-Dade County at approximately thirty thousand families, which is four times the public housing projects built. This was capped with a reflection on the reality of homelessness during a time like the COVID-19 pandemic.


The landscape section heavily leaned into the experimental nature of this studio by using combined line charts as a basis to narrate the current state and future of Miami-Dade’s housing. The lack of housing pattern and aesthetics, population, ongoing housing projects, and the growing skyline of Miami are a few things that jump from the section at first glance. Some of this informed the peculiar solution-based approach taken in the final map and explained with further diagrams.


Through this project, I have come to understand vulnerability from a housing perspective.  In this moment, three things come to mind to sum up this project: perhaps population concentration in an area is a strength that can drive successful affordable housing developments; community land trusts are the ‘angels’ of real estate development, and affordable housing units do not have to be ugly.

* The term ‘vulnerable communities’ used in this project refers to vulnerability in terms of the inability to afford decent housing and the effects of this problem.

** The goals described in subparagraphs D and E of paragraph 1 in the HRES 109 1H (The Green New Deal resolution) address land procurement and community investment within a ten-year mobilization period.

*** Fixed rent is a huge difference between countries. It is most effective in regulated economies.

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The Big Picture
Meeting Housing Needs through Community Land Trusts