Thursday, April 16, 2009
Vancouver recently announced plans to construct 190 prefabricated, modular housing units on city-owned land adjacent to the Drake Hotel
in the Downtown area. It seems the units will be operated by the City of Vancouver, and used as semi-permanent housing for the city's indigent population. As one local housing advocate stated, "When a person gets into permanent housing it's then when they can deal
with their abuses and traumas in their life and become part of a
community." This article raises a number of questions. First, has Canada had a different experience with government owned housing than the U.S.? The trend here runs strongly against project-style housing. Second, where are the NIMBY complaints in these stories? Finally, does small-scale, modular housing provide a long-term solution to the struggle to find affordable housing? Could these brightly-colored, cheap ($1500 a unit) little homes become the socially acceptable SROs of the future?
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pic: Houses designed by students at Emily Carr University of Art & Design