Lowest cost housing: A modest proposal
Mayman, Steve Walker
Master of Architecture
Homelessness is a problem of unacceptable proportion in the United States. The American housing standard has risen over the years to the point that the poorest of the poor can no longer afford to rent the cheapest housing that our building codes allow us to build. Modifying this minimum standard would make it possible to profitably build housing that is affordable to even the poorest among us. A sensitive design under these modified codes could provide a secure, flexible, and minimally sufficient home in as little as 42 square feet. The extremely low cost of such a dwelling would offer formerly homeless individuals autonomy, privacy, and dignity in a relatively safe and stable community.
Architecture; Political science; Public administration