Category: Self-building

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 2, the ingredients

19 March, 2013 (09:28) | Building technology, Essential posts, Home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, Self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using as a convenient seed an upbeat article from CNN (January 8, 2013), introduced the concept of a core house, plus technological gadgets, as an improvable ‘fruitcake house’.  Construction of a basic core house, with a malleable or modifiable material for walls and […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 1, the recipe

18 March, 2013 (15:52) | Building technology, Essential posts, Home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, Self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   While for some of us a house is a completed product, something we buy one day and use the next (after enduring the travails of moving), but that’s an illusion, as even our completed house begins changing the day we move in – and for most of the world, a home […]

Little boxes, little boxes

10 June, 2009 (10:33) | Africa, Configuration, Construction, Embryo house, Innovations, Research, Self-building |

If we want to make housing affordable, shouldn’t we be looking at inexpensive construction materials?  That’s the premise of a short Climate Progress article, Shipping containers provide affordable housing, from the Center for American Progress’s “It’s Easy Being Green” series.   There’s an emerging and innovative solution to the environmental, economic, and housing concerns we […]

The embryo house: Part 2, the building

1 May, 2009 (10:22) | Configuration, Embryo house, Essential posts, Housing, Self-building, Tenure, Theory |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]     Yesterday’s post introduced the embryo house:     Although we Americans are used to the modern evolving American home, large parts of the world’s population live in self-built or physically informal housing, harnessing slumdwellers’ greatest resource – their own labor and ingenuity – to improve their homes.    […]

The embryo house: Part 1, the idea

30 April, 2009 (09:38) | Configuration, Embryo house, Essential posts, Housing, Self-building, Tenure, Theory |

In the developed world, we think of the house as a finished product, something built by a contractor and occupied only when done. The American vision of a new house: something constructed and occupied only when complete That modern evolving American home is a new creature that first made its US appearance in the mid-nineteenth […]