Well designed homes have the ability to help inhabitants feel like they belong and are secure. Smart design can increase the suitability and affordability of housing (like reducing energy costs, or being the “right-size”). Design thinking is one of the tools in our arsenal to respond to the growing housing crisis across Canada and in St. John’s. I spent the last year working closely with the City of St. John's, and professionals to develop a Housing Toolkit. This document is intended to give those not formally trained in design (ie. architecture, urbanism, interior design) enough knowledge to ask the right questions to continue pushing for well designed affordable housing. You can download it for free here and use it at will, but please give credit. I'd love to hear your feedback, or if you'd like to be involved, so please, get in touch!