The $5,000 Home: Could Architects Design One for the US?

The $5,000 Home: Could Architects Design One for the US?

Sarah Coffey
Jun 3, 2011

Sherin Wing's recent post on Metropolis' Point of View blog asks the $5,000 question: Could architects design an inexpensive home for developed nations? The Universal World House, for example, is a $5,000 cellulose structure that's been built in Angola and Zimbabwe. Wing says that architects tend to concentrate efforts like these on developing nations while "they neglect poverty and homelessness in developed nations... Poor populations in the U.S. haven't received as much attention because, frankly, it's less 'sexy' to talk about urban poverty here than is in some exotic, far-flung place." Links and more news below.

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Image: Barnraising | brockhistoricalsocieties.ca via Metropolis

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