Workshops @ HousingX 2022

Stop, Collaborate and Listen.

At this year’s “un-conference,” we’re featuring four interactive workshops to help you bring about the future of the housing industry. These, in addition to our Experience Lab, will form the interactive backbone of the HousingX program.


Pre-Conference Workshop

The Small Community of Tomorrow

How to Attract and Retain New Residents, Create Innovative Amenities, Build 3D Printed Housing, and Find the Funding to Pay for It

Presented by Zachary Mannheimer

with Libby Crimmings, President, and Alex Holland, Vice President of Altas Community Studios

Max Participants: 60 attendees*

Every community wants to attract and retain talent, but the challenge is in the “how.” In this session, you will join your peers in determining how to solve economic development challenges based on real-life circumstances in small and rural communities throughout the U.S. From housing to cultural amenities to workforce development programs, we will work together to determine how community leaders can advance projects from ideation to implementation—including where they can find the funding to do it.

The maximum attendance for this workshop will be 60 people. Please indicate if you are interested by checking the box when you register. Seats will be assigned to the first 60 attendees who register and all others will be placed on a waiting list.

Tuesday, May 24th, 12:30pm – 2:15pm (NEW TIME)


The following three workshops will take place concurrently on Wednesday, May 25th at 10:30am. When you register, pick your first and second choice workshop, and we will notify you which one you are registered for before the conference.


A Crash Course in Impact

A Practical Approach to Developing Meaningful Places

Presented by Anna Mackay

Max Participants: 28 attendees*

Learn the Sister City Approach to placemaking. This workshop is a place-based exercise in developing a theoretical Meaningful Place (on a real site!) that considers the neighborhood and its needs. Attendees will leave with practical skills around community assessment, design, and financial modeling.


Designing and Facilitating Flawless Virtual Collaboration

Presented by Carlos Valdes-Dapena

Max Participants: 70 attendees*

Known for challenging the conventional wisdom of corporate team-building, Carlos Valdes-Dapena empowers teams to drive higher value to their organizations through High Performance Collaboration. Throughout his 18 year tenure at Mars, Inc., he developed his expertise in collaboration and the keys to group effectiveness through extensive research working directly with brands like M&M’s, Snickers, Ben’s Original Rice, and Wrigley’s Gum.

Currently, he is Managing Principal and founder of Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC, an organization and group effectiveness consulting firm. He has presented and offered workshops at numerous conferences including the North American Organization Development Network, The Conference Board and the Organization Design Forum.

This workshop is based on decades of experience designing and facilitating remote collaboration as well as extensive research into how thought leaders and organizations today are addressing the challenges of massive remote and hybrid working. Join us to learn a set of guiding principles and specific steps for designing, creating, and running successful virtual (or hybrid) collaborative work sessions.


Get On Board

The Possibilities and Challenges of Promoting Transit-Oriented Communities in Connecticut

Presented by Pete Harrison and Desegregate Connecticut

Max Participants: 50 attendees*

In this workshop, DesegregateCT Director Pete Harrison will review the opportunities and challenges of promoting the organization’s key priority of Transit-Oriented Communities in Connecticut. Participants will review land use research pulled from our first-of-its kind Zoning Atlas, discuss winning and losing zoning reform strategies at the local and state level, and explore a brief case study of a TOC Walk Audit conducted by DesegregateCT in a small city in Connecticut.

DesegregateCT is a pro-homes coalition of over 80 nonprofit and neighborhood groups in Connecticut advocating for local and state-wide zoning reforms to create a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable state. As a program of the Regional Plan Association, DesegregateCT focuses on education, research, and advocacy to provide data-driven solutions to the state’s growing housing crisis.

Pete Harrison is the Director of DesegregateCT. He has over a decade of experience in housing policy and tenant organizing. Previously, he was senior housing policy advisor for Data for Progress, a progressive think tank, where he co-authored the Homes for All report and advised on the presidential campaigns of Vice President Harris, Senators Sanders and Warren, and former HUD Secretary Castro. He also previously researched housing and climate policy at the Buell Center at Columbia University. In another life, Pete co-founded two startup companies and is on faculty at the City University of New York teaching about tech strategy.


*Workshop seats are given to attendees who register earliest. If you are not among that number for your first choice workshop selected at registration, you will be placed in your second choice workshop and added to a waitlist for the first. If your second choice workshop is also full, you will be notified if a seat in either workshop becomes available.


Continuing Education Credits


American Institute of Architects - Virginia
American Planning Association - Virginia Chapter

Several HousingX sessions are being submitted for accreditation by AIA Virginia and APA Virginia. Upon approval, credit hours will be updated in each session’s description. For questions regarding accreditation or other continuing education credits, please contact housingx@housingforwardva.org.

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Across the nation, innovative designers, thoughtful developers, and tireless advocates are transforming the way we do housing. HousingX is bringing you an experience that you don’t want to miss. From 3D printing, to transit-oriented communities, to planning regulations, we’re bringing you the nation’s most innovative housing experts to Newport News!

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