Screening and Discussion of “One Big Home” Film

APA California Chapter, San Diego Section


Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. PDT

92104, CA, United States

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Below is a summary of the film from the film makers:

"Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character.

Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and is successful in passing a new bylaw to limit house size."

"I hope my film will spark a discussion about the way we regard housing, land ownership, and the economic forces that shape our communities. Rather than throwing up our arms and saying, "you can't fight progress”, communities can stand up for themselves, their way of life, and the natural environment."

– Thomas Bena, Director – One Big Home

A panel discussion with Stephen Russell, Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation, and Professor Lawrence Herzog, Graduate Program in City Planning, School of Public Affairs, Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies
San Diego State University, after the film focused on issues raised in the film and its applicability to the San Diego area. Discussion issues included the current housing affordability crisis stemming from demand and supply contrasts, gentrification, development regulations, and nimbyism.  The issues in the film of equity, public participation and planning regulations also were discussed.  Solutions including new housing types, capitalizing on current strong political support for new housing and recognizing the effect of the international nature of the San Diego housing market.

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Stephen Russell,


Lawrence Herzog


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