High-density developments and sprawling suburbs or slums continue to expand the world’s cities. But most cities also have unused, ignored space at their centres – and this inspired a sustainable architecture charity to challenge designers to find ways to use that space and make city growth more sustainable.
The Vancouver, Canada, branch of non-profit body Architecture for Humanity asked for sustainable prefab homes with just a 20-by-20-foot footprint: that’s 37 square metres or about the size of two parking spaces. Such designs could be mass-prefabricated before being installed in the kind of urban spaces that conventional developments can’t use.
Read the full article by Tom Simonite “Sustainable living in two parking spaces” at NewScientist (Oct 6, 2009).