Laneway housing: a way to create vibrant, resident-filled cities?

What is laneway housing? Self-contained, low-rise homes that are built within the yards of detached homes, commonly where garages were situated.  They are accessed via the back lane, hence the name. What are the benefits? Increased affordable housing in expensive city regions; More populated cities with all types of family make-up; ‘Gentle density’; Transformation of… Read More Laneway housing: a way to create vibrant, resident-filled cities?

Housing is Healthcare: Why Public Housing is a Leader in Healthcare Savings

If you live in a major US city, you certainly have seen the spike in homelessness.  In fact, in cities like L.A. San Diego, Seattle, Portland and Phoenix, it has become an epidemic.  In many of these situations, the people who are living on the streets are also the highest users of our jail systems,… Read More Housing is Healthcare: Why Public Housing is a Leader in Healthcare Savings

Learning Affordable Housing Development in the U.K-Granby Four Street Community Land Trust

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust (G4SCLT) was constituted in 2011 as the choice of the Granby residents as the vehicle to deliver the aims and objectives of residents trapped in a cycle of under-investment and social exclusion. The aim of the G4SCLT was to ensure that the resident voice became the dominant narrative within… Read More Learning Affordable Housing Development in the U.K-Granby Four Street Community Land Trust

Innovative Housing Policies for Commercial Parking Converted to Infill Housing

Author: Eric Bjornson and Josh Jorgensen Intro For multiple reasons, Tacoma is separated into two regional growth Centers; Downtown Tacoma , and the Tacoma Mall Area. Currently the City of Tacoma is working to finalize Tacoma Mall Subarea plan and has the opportunity to remedy barriers to creating more housing by: reducing the off street… Read More Innovative Housing Policies for Commercial Parking Converted to Infill Housing

Complex and unique – The story about the Swedish rental setting model 

All modern welfare states intervene in their housing markets in one way or the other. Social housing, rent regulation and rental subsidies targeting lower income groups are common forms of government support. The housing needs for middle – high income groups are often left to the free market. But Sweden is a truly unique case… Read More Complex and unique – The story about the Swedish rental setting model 

Architecture to improve the well-being of public housing residents: The Amsterdam School of Architecture

By Rutger Noorlander Architecture could serve to improve the lives of social housing residents. Exactly 100 years ago, in an attempt to design quality housing for the urban working classes, architects have produced ideals that form a relation between architecture on the one hand and on the other hand adequate, efficient social housing with art… Read More Architecture to improve the well-being of public housing residents: The Amsterdam School of Architecture