A constant societal struggle is how to provide housing for low-income families. While there have been many attempts to this question over the years, the majority of them seem to fail at making it an enjoyable place to live. And is that not an aim of architecture: to provide inspiration to everyday life?
If you haven’t experienced living in a manufactured home firsthand, I’m sure you’ve heard about the less than desirable environment it is to inhabit. They’re often leaky, drafty, and full of off-gassing materials. Not are they only not very nice to live in, they’re often constructed far away, and thus don’t provide any income for the local community. So how do you build a home that can be affordable and provide a livable income for local builders?
This is a question that the Rural Studio of Auburn University has been actively aiming to address since 2005. After numerous built case studies (check them out at http://www.ruralstudio.org/projects.html), they’re in the process of assembling an instruction set and how to do this and making it available to the public. It will not only provide construction plans and details, but also zoning and financing tips to work with local jurisdictions and banks.