Kicking off 2019 Build Small Summit

image of housing and buildings of downtown Portland, with Mount Hood in background. Photo by Umit Aslan on Unsplash.Build Small is back in 2019! Join us Thursday, November 7 for a full day of talks by innovative housing leaders, builders, and policymakers. The next day, take a deeper dive into ideas and issues raised during the Summit, with workshops or a historical housing tour.


Creating a Movement

This year’s Build Small Live Large Summit focuses on what communities across North America are doing to create more livable cities full of smaller, more diverse, and affordable homes. Hear from policymakers, planners, builders, developers, plus real estate and banking institutions moving toward smaller footprint housing. 


Richard Rothstein — acclaimed author of The Color of Law — will deliver the keynote address, sharing the forgotten history of how the racially explicit policies of federal, state, and local governments created the patterns of residential segregation that persist in every major metropolitan area in America.

Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein

Following the keynote presentation, Rothstein will lead a “Book Club” session discussing his latest book, and take questions from attendees. 


The first 75 people to Register for Build Small will receive a complimentary copy of Rothstein’s most recent book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.


Historic Housing Tour

Take a guided tour to see firsthand how the government housing laws and policies discussed in Rothstein’s keynote address have played out across the City of Portland. The tour, presented by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, will visit locations across Portland with historical experience of racial discrimination, displacement, and segregation. 

Sign up now, as space is limited to 45 people maximum on the bus. Lunch will also be provided. 


We look forward to seeing you in November!

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