affordable housing

Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Back in May 2010, 22 grad students from the University of Colorado Denver started planning Maxine Begay's new home and then started construction on it in September. This is the first semester a student

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Leftover T-Wall Barricades Could Provide Modular Housing For Iraqi Families

Leftover T-Wall Barricades Could Provide Modular Housing For Iraqi Families

T-walls could easily transition to become the side walls of one story homes, with the wide base buried underneath the ground acting as a foundation. The 12 ft T-Walls (also called Texas Walls) would then

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Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!

Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!

Schnetzer and Gregor built upon what they learned from constructing modular pallet houses, improving upon their original design to make it even more affordable. In previous designs, the pallets were used

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Modern Green Social Housing Complex Rises East of Paris

Modern Green Social Housing Complex Rises East of Paris

Located on a site in Bondy, a town east of Paris, the new social housing project is bordered by a gymnasium, school and suburban housing on avenue Henri Barbusse. The four-story building is shaped like a

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Affordable Artist Housing Helps Revitialize CA Town

Affordable Artist Housing Helps Revitialize CA Town

The affordable housing project is supported and funded by the City of Lancaster as part of their Downtown Specific Plan to transform this mostly vacant city area into a place of historic, cultural,

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World Habitat Day is This Monday, October 4th!

World Habitat Day is This Monday, October 4th!

This Monday, Oct. 4, Habitat for Humanity will join efforts around the world to mark World Habitat Day, a day the United Nations has set aside to call attention to the dire need for affordable, adequate

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Winning LEED Platinum Home Designs to be Built in New Orleans

Winning LEED Platinum Home Designs to be Built in New Orleans

A panel of ten jurors selected the four winning designs out of 49 entries from around the country. Two of the entries were from emerging professionals and the other two were student led design projects.

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2011 Solar Decathlon Home Will End Up In D.C. Community

2011 Solar Decathlon Home Will End Up In D.C. Community

At the end of the US Solar Decathlon competition next year, one of the entries will move on to its final home in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington D.C. The Empowerhouse is a net-zero home designed

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Tiny London Lot Transformed Into Amazing Green Residence

Tiny London Lot Transformed Into Amazing Green Residence

The family who commissioned the home was being forced out of a nearby home by their landlord and they saw an interesting opportunity in an awkward 4.8m wide yard space between two different buildings.

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Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Haitian Canadian musician Luck Mervil is leading the charge to help rebuild Haiti with houses made from repurposed shipping containers. Mervil is behind the Montreal organization Vilaj Vilaj, which wants

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Shipping Containers Used for Employee Housing In Dubai Desert

Shipping Containers Used for Employee Housing In Dubai Desert

In the world of green architecture and affordable housing, shipping container homes are often considered to be practical, cost-effective and even environmentally-friendly. In Dubai, however, the prospect

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First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines Opens in London!

First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines Opens in London!

Designed by BFLS (formerly known as Hamiltons), the Strata is a 43-story architectural wonder that already has a distinct and recognizable profile in the London skyline. Oriented to take advantage of the

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Parasitic Guerrilla Architecture Hijacks the Arche de la Défense

Parasitic Guerrilla Architecture Hijacks the Arche de la Défense

Pocket of Active Resistance is a modular housing system stuck to the interior walls of la Défense that grows organically out of the insurrection and malcontent of the people. Homes consists of modules

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Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect

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The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

The LOW3 combines passive solar architecture with bioclimatic optimization to minimize the house's energy demand. The team chose to use building integrated solar panels (BIPVs) on the roof and sides of

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Beautiful Green Roofed Affordable Housing In the UK

PREFAB FRIDAY: Beautiful Green Roofed Affordable Housing In the UK

Designed by Acanthus LW Architects and built by Paradigm Housing in partnership with Hillingdon, Birchway is made up of 24 one and two bedroom units. Five buildings with curved sedum covered green roofs

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Water Purifying Skyscraper Cleans up Jakarta’s Rivers

Water Purifying Skyscraper Cleans up Jakarta’s Rivers

Jakarta is located in the center of thirteen different rivers that are heavily populated - the people who live here rely on the waters not only for their water, but their livelihood and waste disposal.

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Upcycle Living Rolls Out Affordable Shipping Container Housing

Upcycle Living Rolls Out Affordable Shipping Container Housing

Phoenix-based Upcycle Living is aiming to bring affordable shipping container housing to the masses with its modern cost-effective designs. Just las fall they installed a 2-bedroom house at a green street

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Habitat for Humanity and NYC Team Up for LEED Certified Affordable Housing

Habitat for Humanity and NYC Team Up for LEED Certified Affordable Housing

41 families in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York are celebrating the first weeks of the new year in new green homes. On a lot on Atlantic Avenue that once held 12 townhouses, Habitat for

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Links Roundup of the Week: Affordable Housing

Links Roundup of the Week: Affordable Housing

Living in New York City, I've lost touch with the concept of affordable housing. However, after competition finalists were announced for an affordable student housing complex in the historic center of

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Modern, Colorful and Creative Shipping Container Home in Houston

Modern, Colorful and Creative Shipping Container Home in Houston

Shipping container homes just keep on getting cooler. Developers Katie Nichols and John Walker along with architect Christopher Robertson wanted to create affordable and sustainable homes for the emerging

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Shelter No 2: An Affordable Prefab Pod

Shelter No 2: An Affordable Prefab Pod

Pod living is becoming a new trend in prefab design -- small houses carefully designed to contain everything you need to sustain yourself in a small space. Broisson Architects of Naucalpan, Mexico has a

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Affordable Housing Made of Recycled Materials

Affordable Housing Made of Recycled Materials

Imagine building your home exclusively of salvaged materials. No re-mixed concretes or FSC-certified woods. Just metals and woods that have been discarded. That's exactly the kind of home-building Dan

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Habitat 67: Montreal’s Prefab Pixel City

Habitat 67: Montreal’s Prefab Pixel City

Canadian architect Moshe Safdie designed and built this extraordinary experimental housing complex made up of modular concrete units for the 1967 World Expo in Montreal. Named Habitat 67, the apartment

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Indonesian D-Minution House Built for Under $20K

Indonesian D-Minution House Built for Under $20K

This simple, yet striking residence in Indonesia was built with a surprisingly small budget - $17,500. Looking at it, one would never guess such a low build-out cost, but there it is. The 3-bedroom 

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PREFAB FRIDAY: $75,000 Clayton “I-house”

PREFAB FRIDAY: $75,000 Clayton “I-house”

We love this prefab home because it’s extremely energy efficient and affordable coming in at under $75,000 for the smaller model and under $94,000 for the larger model. Clayton Homes, the largest

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Cottage in a Day

PREFAB FRIDAY: Cottage in a Day

With a name like Cottage in a Day, it is easy to imagine relaxing in a serene, forested setting. And these factory-built homes designed by architect Michael Fitzhugh certainly seem to fit that role. With

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PHILLY PREFAB EXHIBIT: A Clean Break

PHILLY PREFAB EXHIBIT: A Clean Break

This week our Prefab Friday radar went crazy when it detected A Clean Break’s green, prefab neighborhood in the City of Brotherly Love, hosted by Minima Gallery as a part of

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Affordable and still Green: Sandbag Houses by MMA Architects

Affordable and still Green: Sandbag Houses by MMA Architects

On Fridays, we feature homes that we feel are environmentally responsible, but as one might suspect, architecture can also be good for the soul. MMA Architects recently completed a home built out of

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SOLARA: CA’s First Solar-powered Apartment Community

SOLARA: CA’s First Solar-powered Apartment Community

A new apartment community in San Diego County is proving that green is both beautiful and affordable. SOLARA is a part of a mixed-use development from Community Housing Works that includes 56 fully

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