affordable housing

Low-cost Eucalyptus screen shields a hospital dormitory from Rwanda’s scorching sun

Low-cost Eucalyptus screen shields a hospital dormitory from Rwanda’s scorching sun

New York-based Sharon Davis Studio completed a housing project in Rwanda, built by local residents using regional materials. The new building will accommodate and provide community spaces for doctors and

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Spahaus and Trihaus are “ready-to-live” homes tucked in a Canadian forest

Spahaus and Trihaus are “ready-to-live” homes tucked in a Canadian forest

Montreal-based design studio YH2 were commissioned to design two types of wood and concrete mountain retreats that would offer panoramic vistas of the gorgeous landscape of the Fraternité-sur-Lac resort

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Method launches impressive new line of affordable prefab homes

Method launches impressive new line of affordable prefab homes

Manufacturer of sustainable prefab buildings, Method Homes, teamed up with consultancy Elemental Design to create a new series of modular cost-effective homes that come in six different floorplans. In

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Ultra-narrow affordable LG House encourages open living

Ultra-narrow affordable LG House encourages open living

The LG House in Edmonton, Canada, is an affordable ultra-thin home that encourages an open lifestyle. Thirdstone Inc. designed the structure with floor-to-ceiling windows and the only element that gives a

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

NexusHaus is an plus-energy affordable one-story pavilion built by the students from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) for the Solar Decathlon

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Tiny eco-friendly student housing pops up in Sweden

Tiny eco-friendly student housing pops up in Sweden

During the design process, Tengbom Architects collaborated with the students at the University of Lund to carefully tailor the new flat to student preferences. Each unit features a comfortable sleeping

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Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded as PDFs

Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded as PDFs

Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter came up with a design for modern small houses for those that might not have the budget for traditional full architectural services. Custom-designed plans

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House in a Meadow is an affordable modular home that brings the outside in

House in a Meadow is an affordable modular home that brings the outside in

Who says affordable houses can't offer great design and magnificent views? This small wooden cabin combines the economic advantages of small budgets and spatial qualities that give new meaning to minimal

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Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Known for building new homes for families in need, Habitat for Humanity has been forced to switch gears as land prices soar throughout the United States. Rather than building homes from scratch, the

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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Heijmans ONE's target demographic comprise the well-educated and single millennials between the ages of 25 and 35, who make too much to qualify for the Netherlands' social housing, but not enough to

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Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

The Sorte Hus is built out of three main interlocking materials: prefab birch plywood walls, double-glazed windows, and the concrete floor. To maximize the home's small footprint, Sigurd Larsen divided

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Buckminster Fuller’s sparkling Fly’s Eye Dome unveiled in Miami

Buckminster Fuller’s sparkling Fly’s Eye Dome unveiled in Miami

Buckminster Fuller's patented prototype for low-cost portable dome housing, designed in 1965, has just been reproduced and installed in the Miami Design District for this year's Design Miami. A 3d

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Chile’s Hostal Ritoque Offers Affordable Accommodations With Amazing Views

Chile’s Hostal Ritoque Offers Affordable Accommodations With Amazing Views

The architects contacted local builders and contractors and carefully studied the techniques that would be optimal for both the region and the restrictive budget. The complex comprises five

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D.C.’s Affordable Net-Zero Empowerhouse is Moving to Philadelphia

D.C.’s Affordable Net-Zero Empowerhouse is Moving to Philadelphia

The building won the inaugural award for affordability at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in 2011. After the competition, this striking energy-efficient home was moved off the Mall and

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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C.F. Moller’s  Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Moller’s Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Møller's Sæby Strand offers a wide range of apartments that feature natural materials, great accessibility and solar panels mounted on their roofs. Each of the volumes provides optimal views of the

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

The frame, made from precast concrete, is covered with nipa palm branches and polycarbonate panels that provide doors that can be opened to bring natural light and fresh air inside. The external surfaces

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Compact Prefab House is Made from a Single Shipping Container in Milan

Compact Prefab House is Made from a Single Shipping Container in Milan

The upgraded version of the house comes with several options included in the base model, which comprises a bedroom with a double bed, three-piece bathroom with shower, several closets and a kitchen. The

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3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

Shaped as a semicircle that wraps around a landscaped courtyard, La Tour gradually terraces upwards to reach a height of over 300 feet. "The gradual elevation helps to convey the transition from the large

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500

Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500

This strange building technique combines an ancient building material with a modern-day aesthetic. It was pioneered by Nicoló’s father Dante, who built the first Binishell in 1964 (which is still

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Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil’s Stadiums into Affordable Housing

Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil’s Stadiums into Affordable Housing

As of this weekend, Brazil has to decide what to do with the stadiums and facilities built for the World Cup. Temporary buildings will be dismantled, some will be reused, but a large number of objects

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Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

Some of the major issues the project addresses are overcrowding, water shortage, pollution, insecurity, limited mobility, and energy deficits within the ZMVM. Team Mexico created a prototype as an

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Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

This particular project is based on the idea of evolution, which is why it starts out as a simple "survival module" in order to provide shelter and safety for people displaced by a natural disaster. After

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Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

The home is based on designing row house neighborhoods that have a minimal environmental impact. Built as an affordable multi-story house, Maison Reciprocity is organized around a central Container for

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Affordable Apartment Block Boasts Sculptural Zig-Zagging Balconies in Graz, Austria

Affordable Apartment Block Boasts Sculptural Zig-Zagging Balconies in Graz, Austria

The building comprises 15 small apartments and a penthouse on the top floor. Oriented to the south, the apartment balconies have a cantilevered slab and are partially covered. Running along the

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Brad Pitt’s Make It Right to Build 20 LEED Platinum Homes for Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in Montana

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right to Build 20 LEED Platinum Homes for Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in Montana

The Make It Right nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt is partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana, to build sustainable homes, buildings and communities on their reservation. In

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Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

Copenhagen office Leth & Gori decided to create sustainable homes by revisiting materials and solutions from historic houses that have proven to be robust and have a long life span. Part of a

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