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THE HOME HOUSE PROJECT: the future of affordable housing
Posted By NK On February 21, 2006 @ 7:37 pm In Architecture,Art,Green Design Events,Sustainable Building | No Comments
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.
The original competition was chronicled in a book  which includes essays and commentary on how democratic values are reflected in housing quality, and the responsibilities of architects, by architectural critics Michael Sorkin and Steve Badanes (respectively.) The exhibit is showing at the Weisman through April 30.
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 Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: http://www.secca.org/
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 Weisman Art Museum: http://weisman.umn.edu/index.html
 HOME House Project: http://weisman.umn.edu/exhibits/homehouse/home.html
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 book: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=10464
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