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Wikihouse, Tomorrow's Buildings: Radical Solutions To Housing Crisis

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Future housebuilding in the style of AirBnB & Uber.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35697552

"There is something fundamentally wrong with our housing economy - our dependence on a few large development companies to buy the land, beat their way through local community resistance and build rows of poor quality, unsustainable mass housing that fewer and fewer of us can afford," said Mr Parvin.

"Every major urban economy now faces a huge housing challenge. It's not just about building enough homes but also about breaking our dependence on fossil fuels and debt."

Possible kits include studios (with an estimated build price of £12,000), micro houses (£45,000) and town houses (£150,000).

Much of the material is deliberately low-tech - timber frames that can be put together, said Mr Parvin "using tools you can buy in B&Q".

And yes they haven't neglected to mention the cost of land:

Of course what WikiHouse does not provide is the land to build on, but that too could be changing as cities increasingly run out of space.

DemoDev - a project set up specifically to find space for affordable housing - recently conducted a study using open data from the UK's second biggest city Birmingham.

It found that the local authority had 14 hectares of land distributed around the urban centre, albeit in tiny little plots.

The UK government seems to be acknowledging that self-build projects are an important part of the housing future and has committed to doubling the size of the self and custom-built housing sector which currently accounts for under 10% of the housing supply.

WikiHouse, Mr Parvin is keen to point out, is still a research project although it is beginning to see its first pilots in New Zealand, Europe and South Yorkshire.

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