Category: Self-built Housing

Little boxes, little boxes

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

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-built Housing, 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.    Self-built […]

The embryo house: Part 1, the idea

30 April, 2009 (09:38) | Configuration, Embryo house, Essential posts, Housing, Self-built Housing, 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 […]