John Ronan creates affordable housing in Chicago with colourful balconies and a library

A spectrum of vivid hues were incorporated throughout a mixed-use building in Chicago by John Ronan Architects that contains a public library at ground level and low-cost senior housing up above. The Independence Library and Apartments are located in the Irving Park district on the city’s Northwest Side. The area features a mix of historic and […]

Competition: win a book about affordable housing ideas from Bee Breeders

In our latest competition, we’ve teamed up with architectural think-tank Bee Breeders to offer five readers the chance to win a copy of its publication addressing issues of affordable housing. Titled What is Affordable Housing?, the book is the first volume of Archhive – Bee Breeders’ annual print publication. It aims to connect architects, investors […]

Zeller & Moye designs modular social housing concept Casa Hilo for rural Mexico

This proposal for low-cost housing by Mexican studio Zeller & Moye features a simple module, made from concrete and adobe brick, that can be easily expanded according to residents’ needs. The studio developed the concept as part of the Infonavit, a housing laboratory located in Hidalgo, Mexico, initiative, which invited architects to create innovative designs […]

Experimental Mexican community contains social housing by Tatiana Bilbao and Frida Escobedo

Tatiana Bilbao, Frida Escobedo and Fernanda Canales are among 32 architects and studios that have created low-cost housing designs as part of an innovative community development in Hidalgo, Mexico. The small community called Housing Research and Practical Experimentation Laboratory is the result of a project led by Mexico’s National Workers’ Housing Fund Institute – a […]

LOHA tops MLK1101 housing for Los Angeles’ homeless with sloped green roof

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects has built social housing in Los Angeles featuring a green roof, herb garden, a community centre and retail spaces to foster wellness and community for those in need. Called MLK1101, the project accommodates affordable housing and a community centre in South Los Angeles, California. It comprises a four-storey building and a smaller […]

Shipping container micro homes with green roofs planned for UK

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects has obtained planning permission for a development of micro homes made from shipping containers with green roofs in Aylesbury, England. Gatehouse Road is a low-cost housing scheme that is part of a series of regeneration plans for underused sites owned by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust. Currently the site is occupied by […]

SO-IL designs affordable housing for urban centre in growing Mexican city

New York firm SO-IL has envisioned a six-storey, concrete apartment building that is meant to offer an alternative solution for Mexico‘s low-cost housing shortage. The project, called Las Americas, was conceived for central León, a fast-growing city in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. Designed by the Brooklyn-based firm SO-IL, the project is meant to […]

Kanye West is building Star Wars-themed housing for the homeless

Kanye West‘s prefabricated affordable Yeezy Home units take inspiration from the Star Wars films and might be used as underground homeless housing. The celebrity musician revealed the prototypes for his first foray into architecture as part of a cover interview with Forbes. West said he had taken aesthetic cues from the houses designed for the […]

IKEA is bringing its low-cost modular housing units to the UK

Affordable developer BoKlok, which is co-owned by IKEA and Skanska, has signed a deal with Worthing council in West Sussex to build low-cost housing in the south of England. Worthing council has approved plans for the IKEA subsidiary to build 162 apartments on land it owns, reported the Worthing Herald. The first apartments will be […]

Lianjie Wu designs affordable homes that are deliberately left unfinished

The final instalment of our Dezeen x Mini Living video series features a proposal by Bartlett graduate Lianjie Wu for affordable homes that are left unfinished, for residents to complete themselves. Wu’s project, called Beyond the Shell, reimagines the traditional high-rise tower as a modular, multi-storey estate, with public and private spaces of different sizes […]

TRS Studio envisions shipping containers as affordable housing in Peru

Two shipping containers are joined together and topped by an angular polycarbonate extension in this conceptual design for low-cost housing by Peruvian firm TRS Studio. TRS Studio designed the speculative dwellings for communities that struggle with housing issues and lack resources to devote to buying construction materials. The studio uses Peruvian town Pachacutec, a small […]

OJT completes affordable sculptural housing in New Orleans

American firm Office of Jonathan Tate has completed a cluster of sculptural white homes on an urban New Orleans site that are meant to attract buyers on a limited budget. The project, called Saint Thomas at Ninth, is part of the Starter Home initiative, which aims to create affordable housing within gentrifying urban neighbourhoods in […]

Charles Cunniffe Architects completes affordable housing complex in Colorado ski town

Tiny homes, an apartment building and a boarding house make up the Virginia Placer development, which was designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects for a Rocky Mountain community in Colorado with a dearth of low-cost housing. The Virginia Placer development is located in Telluride, a popular resort town ringed by forests and snow-capped peaks. Funded by […]

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