UK Builders See Brownfields, Self-Build, High Rise Affordable Opportunities

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Influenced perhaps by its physical location in North America, affordablehousingaction.org finds itself in constant pushback against a simple-minded housing industry view: if governments would only eliminate regulations, builders would...

If At First You Don’t Succeed . . .NY Affordable Mega-Project 70 Years In The Making

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The saga of Essex Crossing began in the 1950's with the demolition of some of New York's historic gateway slums — the squalid welcome to America for waves of...

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...

Sweden Sniffs At Co-Living For Affordable Housing: Social Blessing Or Social Disaster?

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With housing becoming increasingly unaffordable, ingenious ways of reducing shelter costs abound. One trending fad featuring in the news media: co-living. A boon? A bust? There are two sides to...

Developer Pioneers UK Affordable Housing Shell Game

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This modular housingHouses, or components of houses, that are constructed at an off site factory and transported to their final destination. initiative intrigued and impressed us here at affordablehousingaction.org....

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...

A Green Future With Housing For All? Of Course It Can Be Done. But It May Take Baby Steps

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A fear looming ever bigger and nastier on the horizon is the possibility that affordable housing demands will clash head on with steps necessary to prevent an environmental catastrophe...

Affordable Housing Massaged By Technology: Benefits? Or Techno-nerd Hype?

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Can government or charitable grants and subsidies fuel a housing revolution and overcome today's affordability crisis? If so, it's sure not happening yet, if ever. Alternatives? Turns out they're popping...

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...

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...

Hoard Wealth Or Uphold Service? Shrinking Churches Eye Affordable Housing

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According to the National Trust for Canada, faith groups are the largest property owners in the country — not counting the federal government. But participation in organized religion is declining. Fully...

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....

Does Doom For Box Stores Become A Boom For Affordable Housing?

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These are not easy times for big box store realtors. Some of the biggest users of box store space are switching to Amazon and other buy-from-your living-room internet retailers. The...

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...

3D Printed Housing: Coming? Here? Replaces What? Can It Even Print The Wallpaper?

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3D printing, a catchy idea, is already proving to have applications in a number of fields. Particularly catchy for cash strapped governments as well as innovative construction companies is...

High End Techno Gadgets Will Solve World Affordable Housing Crisis. Really?

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Have you ever owned an electronic watch with 3 tiny buttons pressed simultaneously or in sequence to produce a hundred functions you can't remember or access? Welcome to Multi-Function...
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