Gallery: THE HOME HOUSE PROJECT: the future of affordable housing


Good Design. Sustainability. Affordability?

Rarely could these ever describe the same project, much less a single attitude towards housing. In 2003, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, launched an open competition with these objectives in mind, and the results proved to be contrary. 440 entrants took house plans from Habitat for Humanity and turned them into environmentally friendly designs for low and moderate-income families.

Currently showing at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota are some of the results of the HOME House Project competition. Projects ranged from traditional vocabularies to the futuristic, all of them integrating building ideas such as prefabricated and recycled materials, passive heating and cooling, and rain water recycling.

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