10 Innovative Affordable Housing Designs For Sustainable Living

10 Innovative Affordable Housing Designs For Sustainable Living

These days, more and more people are moving to dense metropolises like New York and San Francisco seeking the amenities and opportunities found in large cities. But as city populations increase, so does the cost of living, leaving low-income residents with fewer choices for affordable housing.

Historically, affordable housing complexes started to be constructed in the mid-20th century – mega projects that were conceived of as a modernist, progressive solution to provide adequate and economical living quarters to large groups of people.

While a shortage of affordable housing options continues to plague our cities, we have seen a growing interest by architects designing personal loans Alabama decidedly alternative solutions to the outdated models of the modernist era. Today, affordable housing seeks to do more than simply create decent spaces for living. Instead, new affordable housing models incorporate sustainable features that reduce the cost of construction maintenance, technologies that help empower residents and connect them to outside resources, and greater reverence for human scale and connection to the street – beneficial features that we can only hope to see more of in the future.

The Black White Twins mark a noted effort to merge contemporary aesthetics with affordable solutions. Conceptually divided into two parts, the building contains an outer black skin perforated with windows and voids that wraps around the inner part of the building, while open air spaces are painted white. Casanova + Hernandez architectens refreshing design provides 29 affordable units set within a compact structure that maintains the human scale of low-density projects. (mehr …)

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