23 Walls: Different Brutalist Strokes For Different Low Budget Folks

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Can flexibility added to brutalism be enough to make concrete walls into cozy homes? When the contest is fictional architecture,See: FICTIONAL ARCHITECTURE a real-life answer is not as important...

Cherished Steel Houses?

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Just when you think you've heard the last word about shipping containers, along comes a new story. Iron panels have worked very well as exterior cladding on houses in Iceland....

Social Housing At Odds With Architect Pride: Recipe For Community Failure?

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A daring architectural experiment in Greater Manchester in the 1970's is a cautionary tale for those looking towards a new era of social housing. At a time when shoddy...

A Clean And Green Future For The 1% After The 99% Are Gone?

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It has been said quite recently that only the wealthy can afford to invest in climate change. The rest of the world is too busy trying stay alive. Or,...

Arguably The World’s Greatest Affordable Housing Activist Performs In Tights

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The writer of this blog article really needs some help here. It seems that Spiderman — the comic book hero who has now graduated to over-the-top computer generated almost...

Live In A ‘Parasitic’ Home? Don’t Say ‘Ick’ Or ‘Euuw,’ It Might Well Be Affordable

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In the market for a 'parasitic' home? It might be a tough sell with such a name. People tend to think of parasites as bad, even though everyone is...

Sci Fi Meets Congested City In Mind-Boggling Tokyo Housing Fantasies

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1931 was a good year for vivid imagination in Tokyo. It was the year that kicked off future-proofing in that city, now the most congested urban space in the...

Vancouver Affordable Housing Activists Struggle Against CAVE Dwellers

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Tired of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)? Tired of NIMBYites? (NIMBY warriors who defend their neighbourhood battlements with fierce devotion). Well, Vancouver, British Columbia brings you relief in the form...

New Zealand Employee Affordable Housing Supplied By An Unusual Company Town

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Company towns have a special relationship with their citizens. They are usually, though not always, born out of necessity: their remote location. Why create a town in the middle of...

U.S. Affordable Housing Targeted By The Piggies In The Middle. How Come?

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A ham-fisted opinion about bewildering, as well as bewildered, American conservatives.

The Future Of The Stateless, Taxless ‘Seastead’ Movement. We’ve Found It!

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Many people (well, those of us at affordablehousingaction.org anyway) were amazed at the visionary audacity of the 'Seastead' movement. Seagoing citizens-of-nowhere would drift aimlessly about the world's oceans in...

A California Bakery Co-op Solves Its Housing Crisis With… A Housing Construction Co-op

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The owners of a multi-outlet collection of California baking co-ops couldn't turn its back and just shrug at the plight of its employees commuting long distances from barely affordable...

Imagining A Path To A Homeless Front Door

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'A Prairie Home Companion' radio show survived and prospered for 42 years in our age where mainstream story-telling has short-circuited the beauty of the human imagination by force-feeding imagery...

STR Invasion: There’s Nothing To See Here . . . Please Disperse!

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The movie Naked Gun created an absurdist meme with a huge, affectionate following: 'Nothing to see here, please disperse': a bland statement delivered in foreground while in background burns an...

Canada’s Unaffordability Reputation Suffers As Calgary Stampedes To A New Low

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'It's official!' trumpets the Calgary-themed link below. Official? Who says? We'll get to that question in a minute, because it might be important to you. But if not exactly official,...

Affordable April Fools Joke: It Only Hurts When You Laugh

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April 1, 2019 has come and gone, but a small town joke endures as a symbol of civic indifference towards both unaffordable housing and homelessness. Pranksters delivered ten new tiny...

Watch Out America! Hong Kong’s Slum Island May Be Heading Your Way!

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After 9/11, post-apocalyptic America is slowly crumbling into a sea of fears (no thanks to the nation's current administration). And not just new fears, the embers of old worries...

New Phoenix Yacht Club Takes The Float Out Of The Affordable Boat For Artist Live-Aboards

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Yacht racing has been likened to 'standing in a cold shower, ripping up hundred dollar bills.' Still, there's always the opportunity to save a dollar or two by living...

Luxury Condo Boom 100, Social Housing 0: SimCity Computer Game Proposes Real Life Answers

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An enormously successful computer game, SimCity, has provided such a useful hands-on experience of juggling complex city-building issues that it has become a teaching tool for budding planners. However, when...

Let’s Hear It For The Hulks: Affordable Housing At Sea, Cruising To Nowhere In Particular

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Question for cruise affectionados: where do you get to enjoy the sea air, the company of hundreds if not thousands, guarantee of no waves large enough cause motion sickness,...

Cubes of Wombat Poo: An Affordable Housing Construction Inspiration?

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In a natural world of a gazillion beautiful curvy shapes, one in particular stands out: wombat poo, or poop if you prefer. We'll pause here while you revert to late-preadolescence...

What’s Up In Your Silicon Valley Neighbourhood Today? Zucchini. Not Only Up, But Picking

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Neighbourhood? Somebody has improved on that name to call it an Agrihood. For those looking for a home in a new housing development with green space focus, there's a...

What’s The Matta, Piñata? Affordable Housing, That’s What.

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Are you concerned about Affordable Housing? Start a blog — we did. Stage a protest — many have. Or, you could make a piñata . . . .? ....
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