living spaces

iwan outside

above from …. self-directed – self-organizing spaces – Iwan Baan  – in all of it – whatever preserves home ness.. and keeps us from home less ness.. unauthorized home less ness

down here – bud osborn – fighting for space.. liz evans


Hank bought a bus – Hank Butitta

Teddy Cruz

without a master plan

half a house ness

     double decker bus home

     tiny arched cabins

20k house

tiny dwellings – Shane & Carrie Caverly, boneyard studios

cardboard portables – Kara Dziobek

our maybe tokyo capsules.. ie: 1972 in tokyo

stacked in hong kong

tent villages, tiny houses, and such.. via Mark Harvoth

Dignity Village

Second Wind Cottages – Carmen Guidi

Community First – Alan Graham

Occupy Madison

tent city (doc)

the jungle

100,000 homes

no-strings apartments – utah

a-kamp47 via Stéphane Malka

also – bow houses..  also filling gaps

microtopia via Jesper Wachtmeisters

Andrés Duany – new urbanism – lean urbanism

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk

Shani Graham – neighborhood


youth builds own living space


community spaces – sf embassy network  – embassy networkthe farm house – Jay Standish

Kent Larson – city/house design

paint city – Edi Rama

write a house

tiny home

tiny house communities:

tiny house community


Elvis Summers

Graham Hill life edited

lammas – the moneyless manifesto

Theaster Gates

old oak dojoboston impact initiativeDeborah Frieze


casa netural

homeless/low income apartments – project home

innovation & refugee shelter

open source house designs


shipping container homes

shipping container apartments

15 more shipping container homes

more shipping container homes

dallas – shipping containter apartments ish

$22000 house(s)

dumpster dwelling

3d printed houses

most sustainable neighborhood in us?

Ushuaia – earthship

our ecovillage



Vinay Gupta – hexayurt project

@RamonAlonsoJr An awful lot of money is spent to keep homeless people from housing themselves.
Let us hope the hexayurts are tent-like enough to stay up.
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superadobe earthbag orphanage – withstand nepal earthquake

bulletproof/fireproof… from plastic bottles –

bamboo – sturdy et al –

rebel architecture (doc)

spaces that already are

this is place

the majestic bus – siteslides

change policy – ie: parking as bundle

billboard homes for homeless –

accessory dwellings –  minnesota

lse cities


tiny home project in detroit for homeless – detroit

square one villages – andrew heben @andrew_heben – tent city urbanism

tiny apartment – castle truck

zero energy house – norway

cabin so small – no permit required – finland

apis cor 3d printed house (in 24 hrs – $10,000)

3d printed house (less than 24 hrs – $4000)

the domes – california – uc davis – floating house

school bus cottage –

tiny houses ($40) for homeless –

weaving a home: –fb via alexander and leigh

regen villages

Good news: The shuttered school I tweeted as an example will house Philly’s homeless veterans
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Follow the money, always. But this seems 2b social housing enabling play/game/health, rather than just “jobs/work”:
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There are 18,600,000 vacant homes in the United States. That’s enough for every homeless person to have six.
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project home quote

oikos (the economy our souls crave).. ‘i should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.’ – gaston bachelard, the poetics of space


occupied buildings.. common ing.. italy

it recognises the social value of the experience of living in occupied spaces and not only the economic value of the properties. It is also important because it establishes “the recognition of public spaces as part of a process of constant active listening and monitoring of the city and its demands, in relation to the collective use of spaces and protection of the commons.”

empty buildings


networked individualsim


no more little boxes – city sketchup

city ness




home less ness


new rules of public art

art people



If you read one thing today, read this by @just_shelter. People continue to live in poverty bc we keep them there.…

how home ownership became the engine of american inequality

There is a reason so many Americans choose to develop their net worth through homeownership: It is a proven wealth builder and savings compeller. The average homeowner boasts a net worth ($195,400) that is 36 times that of the average renter ($5,400).

While many Americans assume that most poor families live in subsidized housing, the opposite is true; nationwide, only one in four households that qualifies for rental assistance receives it

When we think of entitlement programs, Social Security and Medicare immediately come to mind. But by any fair standard, the holy trinity of United States social policy should also include the mortgage-interest deduction — an enormous benefit that has also become politically untouchable…The MID came into being in 1913, not to spur homeownership but simply as part of a general policy allowing businesses to deduct interest payments from loans. At that time, most Americans didn’t own their homes and only the rich paid income tax, so the effects of the mortgage deduction on the nation’s tax proceeds were fairly trivial. That began to change in the second half of the 20th century, though, because of two huge transformations in American life. First, income tax was converted from an elite tax to a mass tax: In 1932, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (precursor to the I.R.S.) processed fewer than two million individual tax returns, but 11 years later, it processed over 40 million. At the same time, the federal government began subsidizing homeownership through large-scale initiatives like the G.I. Bill and mortgage insurance. Homeownership grew rapidly in the postwar period, and so did the MID.

The owner-renter divide is as salient as any other in this nation, and this divide is a historical result of statecraft designed to protect and promote inequality.

Poverty and homelessness are political creations.

Once a rarity in America, eviction has become commonplace in our cities, disrupting families, schools and entire neighborhoods.


spime housing – via Dante

nomad ness



艾未未 Ai Weiwei (@aiww) tweeted at 5:11 AM – 25 May 2017 :

Italy Is Giving Away 103 Historical Buildings


share by Dante – squat empty cities

squatters in nyc

koda – moveable (walking) concrete house – put together in 7 hrs

too expensive to move et al – via Eric and Dante – can’t pack it or bike it

instant housing for urban nomads via Dante

thinking.. hexayurt that turns into back pack –

on other end.. thinking 3d printed houses

concrete water pipe opod housing


japanese retirement home:


better homeless shelters

Imagining a better homeless shelter #500Khomeless

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architecture of affection

Creative Review (@CreativeReview) tweeted at 4:15 AM – 26 Nov 2017 :

Exploring the architecture of affection. A new exhibition showcases work by architects and designers that creates richer kinds of social engagement possibilities (

spaces for school.. yeah better.. but not what we’re capable of..

first video (equal by design 23 min) – park hill sheffield.. ie of iwan baan space.. restored.. for diverse population econ wise… spinoza: people are diff but doesn’t mean they can’t be equal.. then talking on money.. why..? let’s do equity – everyone getting a go everyday.. sans money .. at 18 min – wainwright on affordable housing not being affordable for most.. alexander road estate london.. at 22 min – because a house should be from somebody’s dream shouldn’t it..?  housing not being built for good of people.. but for economic success

second video (women are finally coming home 4 min) –


modern eco village:


sandymaxey (@sandymaxey) tweeted at 6:03 AM – 31 Aug 2018 :
“What’s particularly exciting to me about the role of creative placemaking is it’s really not just about how to occupy a single property,” says Lewinski, “but also the process of how, and who and what matters.” (

All the communities we visited want to reduce the negative impacts of vacant property, and a variety of community members, such as artists, community-based organizations, and city staff, see creative placemaking as one tool to help make that happen,” the report says.


Russ  (@RussInCheshire) tweeted at 2:02 PM – 8 Sep 2018 :
The richest 10% of UK household wealth is 315 times greater than the poorest 10% of UK household wealth.
In 1950 you could afford a 3 bedroom house and car in London on the equivalent household income of £25,000. Today you need £430,000. (

Breanna (@monagray) tweeted at 5:52 AM – 6 Sep 2018 :
My childcare costs are double my housing costs (

caring labor


ikea homes less than 10 000

Co.Design (@FastCoDesign) tweeted at 4:37 AM – 11 Sep 2018 :
Ikea’s Space10 Building Blocks home costs less than $10,000


The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) tweeted at 5:30 AM – 11 Sep 2018 :
Local governments worry that dying malls will blight the landscape, so they are buying them up

“For big boxes in particular, there are limited uses of that space,” said Michele Wildman, executive director at Genesee County Land Bank. ..the lack of windows and the large floor plate makes it difficult for such properties to be converted to other uses such as housing.

use them for no strings homeless apts iwan baan style


CityLab (@CityLab) tweeted at 6:34 AM – 28 Nov 2018 :
“The area of parking per car in the United States is thus larger than the area of housing per human,” explains @DonaldShoup, the @UCLA transportation scholar and founding father of parking economics. (


CityLab (@CityLab) tweeted at 6:24 AM – 10 Dec 2018 :
Critics say the massive homes in Oahu are code-dodging rentals.
Others say space for extended-family home-share is necessary to manage the high home prices in Hawaii.


mcmansions to pocket neighborhoods – atlanta suburb of clarkson

sandymaxey (@sandymaxey) tweeted at 5:12 AM – 20 May 2019 :
I love this so much. Worthy of atyention in the Triangle. (


CityLab (@CityLab) tweeted at 5:00 AM – 10 Jun 2019 :
In San Jose, the city agreed to create a new use category entirely for the project.
“To our knowledge, this is the first dedicated ‘co-living’ zoning code to be established in the U.S.,” says Eli Sokol, Starcity’s development manager. (


architecting dwellings in the earth – focus on humans and nature alike


United Cities (@uclg_org) tweeted at 5:43 AM – 29 Aug 2019 :
#Copenhagen becomes the 40th city to join the Declaration of #CitiesForHousing
Welcome to this global movement to #MakeTheShift towards housing as a human right – not a commodity!
See full list of signatory #localgov here: (


Alberto Cottica (@alberto_cottica) tweeted at 1:42 AM – 28 Aug 2019 :
.@edgeryders co-founder @matjahu lives in a truck, and dreams of a kinder world. Veru inspiring!
“For me it’s a house that I can move step by step and slowly, stopping to live in different places along the way, and then I use the bicycle to get around.” (

Matt (@matjahu) tweeted at 1:41 PM – 24 Aug 2019 :
@leashless Or we do tech fixes AND consumption reduction. With a local, autarkist maker economy. It’s not so hard. My hacked together lifestyle in this old firefighter truck has a recurring 90% reduction in electricity / water consumption / trash generation. (Carbon yet to measure.) (


Wall St. Bailout Stan (@CascadianSolo) tweeted at 0:46 AM on Tue, Dec 10, 2019:
Things that are illegal to build in most American cities now, a thread:


Was struck by this as well. Terrific talk. One can understand why Vienna is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.  #CityLabDC
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@SamKling2: Maria Vassilakou, former dep. mayor, on one reason Vienna is so livable: 62% of residents live in social housing. 62%! #CityLabDC
Also public space, pedestrianization, cheap and extensive public transit. Only 27% of trips made by private cars. (And 62% social housing!) #CityLabDC
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village of upside down boat houses


home made of bleachers – morph\able



CNN (@CNN) tweeted at 5:36 AM – 31 Jan 2020 :
There are several Italian villages offering homes for $1 — and now a city has joined the club

CNN (@CNN) tweeted at 4:52 AM – 17 Feb 2020 :
After numerous Italian communities have tried to revive their populations by selling homes for little more than a dollar, one town has a new approach. Teora is hoping to lure potential residents by offering to pay towards their rent if they move in.


Peter Vander Auwera (@petervan) tweeted at 6:21 AM – 14 Feb 2020 :
“temporality is to time as architecture is to space” – MJD 58,889 (


half a house ness

cities for housing

filling gaps & bow housesa-kamp47 via Stéphane Malka


living simply

ethics of space

farmhouse in hangar