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Pop-Up Housing: Designs for Housing the Homeless

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The HOME competition, organized by Building Trust International, was a special competition that propose a unique challenge to architects: To design house for the homeless under £20,000 ($31,700) per unit. The competition received 450 proposals from

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 7:15 am

That is some creative thinking and it is so needed. Now let's see these ideas come to life all over the world.

"The winning design was by Levitt Bernstein, who designed 23 square meter one-room units into abandoned garage space. Each unit can be built for roughly £13,000 ($20,100), and provides a sleeping area, a washroom, and kitchen facilities. What’s more, the living quarters are easy and quick to put together and can be recycled."


. (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 10:28 am
noted. Thanks Kit for the added info

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 12:44 pm
Right on

Christeen A (377)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 12:56 pm
Thanks for sharing this information.

. (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 2:35 pm
Fantastic to read -thank you.

Kara C (15)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 5:05 pm
Good idea but how long would they stay clean and in one peice? Hate to say it but most hobos arn't the cleanest and nicest of peopple, they tend to steal everything that isn't nailed down and trash the rest. Not a mean steryotype but a sad fact.

Ellen G (325)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 7:43 pm
I can't blame them Kara since society has turned a blind eye on this issue. I would be angry too if I had to lay out in the cold, rain, heat with no square meal or having to dumpster dive. They are fighting just for the right to live. NO ONE wants to be homeless or an addict or unclean.

We turn our backs because it is easier then to fix the underlying issues. I encourage you to go to a shelter and see the true story of those on the streets. Yes, they are human beings in so many ways.

Many more are becoming homeless daily. Shame on us we are not a civilized world. Thank God there are those that do care and are trying to help.


reft h (66)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:34 pm
As Kara pointed out, there certainly are the hard to house homeless; however, most homeless will do well once provided safe and clean housing, and the stability they need to get their lives back together. The hard to house folks as Kara described generally have serious mental health issues. This HOME competition illustrated nicely that it is possible to provide affordable housing to help with the homeless situation; now, if only our govts were willing to make use of these ideas. It would be cheaper in the long run.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 12:05 am
It's good to see innovative ideas and modern thinking put to good use.

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Wednesday November 21, 2012, 2:13 am

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 6:14 am
read & noted

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 8:43 am
Scarey. I am certain our city would not permit this type of housing & if it did the neighborhood would be simply awful.

reft h (66)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 10:49 pm
Gloria - why would it be scary and awful? They can be made to look attractive, and isn't it better to have people housed, rather than homeless? I would think homelessness is much more scary and awful.
One man's shack is another man's castle (or woman)......

Melania P (122)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 11:12 am
Very interesting! Thanks

Carol H (229)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:16 am
good news, thank you Cher
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