Creative Approaches to Workforce Housing
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Creative Approaches to Workforce Housing
May 19-21, 2004

Discussion with CRA

Free, Open Public Sessions were held at
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
6th Avenue NW and  4th Street NW near Post Office

Wednesday, May 19, 5:30 PM

Discussion on Community Needs and Ideas.  After listening to the community, architect Bill Reed did a presentation to get everyone thinking about solutions.

Thursday, May 20, 5:30 PM

Discussion on Housing and Sustainability.  Designer Michael Shaw showed a number of housing and other projects throughout the world that utilize new technologies and thinking in construction.

Friday, May 21, 5:30 PM

Final Presentation and Discussion.  FAU professor, Michael Singer, presented the design concepts and statements for workforce housing and integration with the community.  With community feedback, these concepts were given to the FAU architecture and planning students to develop specific buildings and planning guidelines for the Sistrunk site. 



Thomas, Jones, Shaw, Singer, Reed

Workshop Description
On May 19-21, 2004 a three-day workshop was held to develop schematic planning concepts and principles for workforce housing in sub-tropical, urban Fort Lauderdale.  These principles combine “Smart Growth” higher densities with new thinking related to sustainability, environmental revitalization and social strengthening of the community.   Artist and thinker, Michael Singer, led a team of architects, engineers and planners in the workshops.  They examined the 5-acre, city-owned property located on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue NW and Sistrunk Blvd in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Future development will utilize some of ideas for workforce housing.
The design team worked for three days.  At the end of each day at 5:30 PM, the team presented its progress and asked for feedback from the community.  Community and civic leaders, area residents and design professionals attended.  Anyone was welcome.
Following the workshop, the architecture and planning students at Florida Atlantic University, converted the concepts and principles into site plans, building designs and planning and zoning recommendations. 


Workshop Leader
Michael Singer

Mr. Singer is an internationally recognized artist and thinker regarding difficult urban and environmental issues.  His creative leadership was first demonstrated in the early 1990s when he led a team to re-think a solid waste transfer station in Phoenix into an education facility and positive force in economic revitalization.  He has led other teams designing Army Core of Engineers Levy Construction and New York City Electrical Generation Plants.  Currently, he is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar at Florida Atlantic University and led the community effort to redesign Howard Park in West Palm Beach in 2003. 

  • South Florida Regional Resource Center of CUES
  • Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture
  • FAU Dept of Urban & Regional Planning
  • Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Program of the FAU Foundation
  • BAND
  • Collins Center
  • Broward Chapter of American Planning Association
  • City of Fort Lauderdale
  • Dickey Consulting
Below are websites for the conference for use by participants and other interested in workforce housing.

City of Fort Lauderdale Plan for Central Area

Fort Lauderdale Downtown Urban Design

Workforce Housing Design Guidelines

Michael Singer's Website

Bedzed Sustainable Housing

Michael Pyatok, Affordable Housing Expert

Case studies on Affordable Housing

Jackie Tufts of Mt. Bethel New Visions

Pictures of Site at 7th Avenue NW (Avenue of the Arts) and Sistrunk Blvd (Sixth Street NW)

From the South, Panorama from North to Southeast

Historic church to the southwest of site

From the North, Looking Southeast

Electrical Substation to the Southeast of Site

Dry retention pond in Regal Trace. East of Site

Broward Design Collaborative
Florida Atlantic University
111 East Las Olas Blvd, HEC 1008A 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

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