When affordable housing starts in a factory

ARTICLE

Eric Jaffe, SideWalkLabs, 18 May 2018

“On the one side, I was building all kinds of hardware and software with the engineering team,” says Holm. “And then in the outside world, looking at how to scale out the physical stores, I was looking at this world that was just completely inefficient.” He was dealing with city bureaucracy, working to obtain the right permits for various parts of the construction, and hitting seemingly unavoidable delays throughout the process. “I was like: ‘This is crazy.’ ”

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Nightingale Housing wants you to own a great apartment

ARTICLE

Lucy Feagins, The Design Files, 13th February, 2018

The Nightingale Model empowers architects to develop their own thoughtfully designed medium-density apartment buildings. Profit margins are capped, and savings are passed directly onto homebuyers. For their part, homebuyers have to play by the rules too. They must be owner-occupiers, and they must agree to certain limitations about on-selling their apartment in the future, to ensure affordability is passed on.


To find out more about Nightingale Housing, click here. To watch Jeremy McLeod’s TEDx Talk, click here. And for a short film featuring Jeremy and a tenant / soon to be owner, click here.

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The secret to building affordable homes

SHORT FILM

Jonna Dreiman, Monocle, 9 November 2017

Even if this project is quite cost efficient we have tried to use high quality materials with nice finishes. The modules are built in a factory in Sweden on an assembly line with nine stations. The factory can make up to two apartments every day and this modular apartment can be stacked into small buildings and even big buildings.

For more of architect Andreas Martin-Löf’s work with prefabricated and affordable housing, click here.

Pocket Living

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Pocket Living

Pocket Living is a property developer with a difference. We sell well-designed homes to local people so the people who make a city can also make it their home. Our compact Pocket homes are sold outright at a discount of at least 20% to the surrounding market rate. They’re only for first time buyers who live or work locally; we call them city makers.


For more from Pocket Living and their affordable housing developments, click here.

Why 80% of Singaporeans live in government-built flats

ARTICLE

The Economist, Jul 6th 2017

This vast national housing system surprises visitors who think of Singapore as a low-tax hub for expatriate bankers and big multinationals. But HDB is a linchpin of economic and social policy and an anchor for the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), which has led Singapore since independence. It is also a tantalising but tricky model for Singapore’s fast-urbanising neighbours to follow.

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

DOCUMENTARY

Chad Freidrichs, Unicorn Stencil, 2012

Long after the duct settled and the site was cleared this is the Pruitt-Igoe that remained. The mythical Pruitt-Igoe with a fatal flaw, doomed to failure from he start. Little was said about the laws that built and maintained it, the economy that deserted it, the segregation that stripped away opportunity, the radically changing city in which it stood. In the years of Pruitt-Igoe the American city was wrenched apart by devastating forces. They were felt most deeply by a large, but vulnerable housing on the north side of St Louis. It’s a powerful story with a dramatic end and its after shocks are still with us.