‘Don’t Stop The Financial Music’ And Other Conservative Affordability Fixes

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Free market devotees are getting rather boxed into a corner these days when it comes to proposing solutions for affordable housing crises. There are still hopeful cries everywhere from the...

Calling All American Housing ‘Entities:’ Affordable Housing Challenge With Important Payoff

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Entites? Whether you belong to a for-profit, non-profit, or a TDHETDHE — Tribally Designated Housing Entity entity, two other corporate 'entities' have an affordable housing challenge for your consideration. Wells...

Beijing Rains On The Affordable Public Housing Parade

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For the past few decades, governments and businesses alike have made forceful claims that private enterprise can manipulate the free housing market to better house the world, from the richest...

Affordable Housing Needs Builders Even Before Designers. Wha . . ?

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It seems that pre-construction planning is a 'thing'. As opposed to planning before (in other words — pre) construction. That's just planning. Who knew? Not only that, pre-construction planning is...

UK Council Housing: Beginning Of The End? Or End Of The Beginning?

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The future of council housing in the UK has changed considerably since 1979, when 42% of citizens lived in it. At that time, the government had provided housing for returnees...

US Affordable Housing Supply — Sabotaged!

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A recent study by two U.S. economists demonstrates how national homebuilders can effectively sabotage the free market, building fewer homes to their great convenience and profit. In response to cries...

Chicago Housing Pride: Both Beautiful And Affordable

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Here's a peek at a new affordable housing development in Chicago.

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...

UK Heavy Metal Housing: From Solo Practice To Concert Perfection

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The last few years have seen experimental 'cargotecture' experiments worldwide. The base of this affordable housing is the widely available shipping container, retired from seagoing duties but still full...

Amazon $18,000 Affordable Home, Delivered Free To The Doorstep You Don’t Have Yet

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Here's a useful little discussion on the future of mail-order housing (Step 2), as well as a surprising past. The article is by no means exclusive to Amazon's housing kit offer alone, and provides a checklist of things that are going to drive up the costs after you've nailed together all the boards that arrived at your curb side.

Free Market Affordable Housing: A Unicorn? IKEA & Padsplit Don’t Think So

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In no small part, affordable housing is a victim of housing industry propaganda, not actual facts. The housing industry, by and large, sings a two-note song. The high note: luxury...

The ‘Double-Wide’ Concept Comes To Affordable Shipping Container Homes

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In the tiny, affordable house department, shipping containers seem to be always the bridesmaids, never quite the bride. The public is periodically introduced to intriguing new designs based on...

Green and Mean — Sustainable Affordable Housing: Why Not Try Bamboo?

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Nations already struggle to provide affordable shelter for all. How does this objective fare in the face of a new worldwide urgency to find green solutions in all aspects...

3D Printing An Affordable House: Hope, or Hype?

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Imagine how much cheaper a house could be if it was built with a giant 3D printer! Perhaps you can't imagine, for the simple reason that it is really hard...

Back To The Future: CMHC’s Award Winning Floor Plans For Small Houses

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February 1, 2019. Homes for Canadians. The Canadian Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) 'THERE has long been an urgent demand in Canada for new, attractive designs of low or moderate-cost...

Affordable Apartments In Zurich: Neobrutalism(?) Rears Its Ugly Beautiful Head

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A cynic might claim that, beyond an interesting design, there is nothing new in a Gus Wüstermann all-concrete medium-rise affordable housing project in Zurich, Switzerland. The cement is long dry...

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...

“Everyone Delivers Houses In days, Except Here. ” So What’s The Problem, America?

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The problem? That would seem to be a cozy, profitable North American building industry, set in its ways. Winds of change blowing? No problem, propagandize rather than change. An example?...

India to Share Innovative Affordable Housing Technology On The Web

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India has announced that it will establish a web-based 'knowledge lab' to share developments in affordable housing technologies with states and local governments throughout the country Why is this important,...

Scarce Affordable Housing Innovation Gets A Boost From Famed Alabama School

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In the United States, the mainstream private-enterprise building industry (let's call it 'Big Builder') is preoccupied with large, highly lucrative housing projects that range from market rate to above-market-rate...

An Affordable Home Built Of Two Schnøer and a Floöka? Why Not Bring IKEA Design To An Entire House?

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Or bring IKEA design principles to entire housing estates, for that matter? Ikea flat-pack home furnishings are an economical legend in their time. So how come Ikea hasn't invaded the entire...

Portland Economy Wolves Huff And Puff At Mayor’s Affordable House Of Sticks

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A 'pricy' affordable housing project has Portland, Oregon's mayor Ted Wheeler on the defensive after blessing an unusual construction technique. The unusual? The building will be the tallest in America...

Home Builders’ Solution: Higher Wages Can Make Our Products Affordable

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A series of economic miracles that definitely do not depend on government interference is apparently due to occur. It will benefit young people as well as seniors with little...

3.5 Million People With A Brighter Housing Future, Thanks To Habitat For Humanity

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With its fundraising skills and huge volunteer pool, Habitat for Humanity has become a powerhouse charity in the construction of affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity published its Annual Report...
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