Community-integrated Affordable Housing

Incubator Village

Community-integrated Affordable Housing

Incubator Village 2017-

The real-estate market makes it impossibly expensive to live here.  There are needs for affordable housing.
 
Cost-wise, choices are limited. Construction has limited options for cost cutting. Prefabrication and/or unit size reduction have been studied. Mass production is not people’s favorite.
Some clustered developments have been built. Most of them are separated, not integrated with the community. Community needs it, but people do not like them being afraid that they will devaluate their properties.

Nothing has effectively changed the course.  We might need a little wider brain storming than just looking for cheaper construction. 
 
Art Space, a not-for-profit, gives us one hint as it effectively builds artists’ studios/shop complexes.  Starting with a subsidized property, it creates an artist community that also attracts visitors – offering a neighborhood destination and changing points of interest (exhibits, events, etc.).
 
Lessons:
Use any possible opportunity, tax exemption, subsidization, donation, … to start with.
Live/Work place, which creates income to support the facility.
Sharing facilities, spaces, equipment, activations, … 
Invitation to visitors to promote revitalization of area.      
 
New approaches need to be studied from multiple views and aspects: social, economic, political, construction, planning, and design.