September 8, 2004

Architecture for homeless focus of lecture and show

Architect and author Sam Davis, professor of architecture at UC Berkeley, will present a free lecture titled “Designing for the Homeless: Architecture that Works” as part of an ongoing show of his designs at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, in California State University, Sacramento’s Design Gallery located in Mariposa Hall 4000E.

Photo: Sam Davis
Sam Davis

The Design Gallery show of Davis’ work will continue through Sept. 22. The talk is part of a reception for the show that starts at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 16.

Davis has authored three books on housing: The Form of Housing, The Architecture of Affordable Housing and Designing for the Homeless: Architecture that Works which is scheduled for publication this fall. Sam Davis Architecture, Davis’ Berkeley firm, has won numerous design awards including the MetLife Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in 2002. Recent projects include interiors for San Francisco’s Larkin Street Youth Services and Next Door Transitional Adult Shelter Episcopal Services, for which he won the MetLife award.

“Often it is merely figuring out the logistics of getting the requisite number of beds in a space,” says Davis of his transitional housing work. “Increasingly, however, design is seen as a means of establishing trust between the provider and the homeless, and a way to create a sense of belonging for those with little or no social connection.”

The talk and show are part of a service learning project of three Sacramento State classes and the Salvation Army.

For more information and Design Gallery hours, call (916) 278-3962. Media assistance is available from public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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