Accessible Housing? The Art Of Experiencing Life In An Unliveable Living Room

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How can housing accessibility make housing more affordable? Recently we reported a United Kingdom conference where accessibility was discussed not just as a specialty item, but as a principle...

Thinking Big About Small Spaces

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Do you want to help out the Extinction Rebellion by reducing your fooptrint on our planet? Have you no ambition to live in a multi-thousand square foot home...

Will Award Make UK Social Housing Tenants House Proud?

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Some council house tenants in Norwich, UK, recently woke to discover they are living in homes with award-winning style. We're not talking about 'top of this year's public housing,'...

Tory Solution For UK Housing Sickness: Take Two Storeys And Call Us In The Morning

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What might those most concerned about affordable housing have expected from the recent Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, held in the shadow of a crash-out Brexit powered by a...

Computer Aided Affordable Housing: Why Modularize When You Can Prefabricate?

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What's in a word?  'Modules' (or modular construction) seems to mean pretty much the same thing as 'prefabrication.' Aren't they both ways of describing some element of a building,...

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...

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...

A Road To Housing Affordability Can Lead Through Climate Change

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A scramble to protect ourselves and our environment from climate change will almost certainly spawn geographic and technological benefits that will can make housing more affordable. A recent article in...

Houses Of The Future? Sticks Win Out Over Huffing And Puffing Wolf.

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A seven story wooden structure built in Italy was rated strong enough to withstand a 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, which destroyed some 50,000 houses. Watch It Not Fall...

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...

NYC Plans To Shoehorn Affordable Housing Onto Teeny Quirky Lots

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What do you put on a triangular handkerchief of city land that has been vacant for decades? If New York City finds the right design, it will be affordable...

Aussie Public Housing History: One Architect’s Championing Of More For Less

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An Australian article linked below appears at first glance to be a 'sweep nostalgia away' anti-heritage, anti-sentiment dismissal of older architecture threatened with redevelopment. However, it instead turns out be...

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...

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...

5 California Ideas For Housing The Homeless

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A California 'homelessness housing' design competition has announced winners from some 53 developers who entered a Los Angeles County innovation challenge. The winners are expected to use their prizes, which...

Alien Affordable Architecture, Modularity And The Challenge of Good-Hearted Politics

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The Challenge: More governments, both local and national, are coming to grips with an affordable housing crisis using the fashionable tools of the day. They are finding those tools wanting....

A Quick Look At The Future’s Self-Building Houses

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Imagine a home that builds itself. Not only that, when brought to a site as a packed container, it is capable of unpacking itself without any power source, using...

Ottawa Architecture Student Explores Tiny Affordable Homes As A True Art Form

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Not another tiny home! And this one on wheels. Isn't that what tourists drag around the countryside all summer? Well, not quite. Not when it's designed by an architectural student...

How Can Architecture Bring Social Equity To Housing?

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Amidst a growing affordable housing crisis, what does social equity actually mean? It's a slippery concept, though many would pursue it. Or at least they would pursue different ideas...

Idaho Company Mainstreams Tin Can Living

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Homes built from sturdy but no longer seaworthy shipping containers have been, among other things, a subset of affordable 'tiny house living' explorations for a few years now. Shipping containers...

Seattle Eyes Vancouver’s Modular Housing Attack on Homelessness

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Builder, a construction industry magazine, predicted in March 2018 in an article — The Real Data On Entry-Level Home Buying Affordability — that if the conventional housing industry doesn't address...

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...

Broken Promise: The Art And Artifice Of A Social Housing ‘Failure’

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Robin Hood Gardens is demolished now, making way for high-rise towers, and 5 times the amount of housing. Half of that will be 'affordable,' but not in a traditional...

Steel Yourself For A Vision Of Shipping Container Homes

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Shipping containers have been explored as a form of affordable housing for some years now. They are far from every expert's cup of tea, and face arguments that building...

Brutalism: The Demise Of The High Rise Live-in Parking Garage?

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Who knew that architecture could warp the mind, pollute the thinking, cause people to sink into poverty and condemn them to a life of crime? That seemed to be...

Low Income Housing Must Be Designed Not Only For Economy, But For Human Dignity: Los Angeles Architects

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In a Los Angeles region of ten million people, homelessness increased substantially in 2015 to top 47,000 people. Recognizing that housing for people experiencing homelessness is a major architectural...
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