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23 OCTOBER 2010

Simple Houses: making a new house attainable for first-home buyers

"The [Aotearoa New Zealand] government has opened its first 'simple house' today, its answer to streamlining the design and build process to allow first–home buyers affordable housing.

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson opened the house designed by Stephen Smith and built by Housing New Zealand in the south Auckland suburb of Otara. ...

'Simple Houses can be built anywhere in New Zealand and the layout can be easily changed to suit owners' needs so residents can get the most of privacy and sun,' Williamson said.

The government's first Simple House had three bedrooms, a large open–plan dining, kitchen and lounge area, a bathroom and study. ...

The government said the new simple house concept would make it quicker and cheaper for aspiring home owners to build a simple home, largely because of streamlined consenting."

(New Zealand Press Association, 22 October 2010)

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2010affordableaffordable housingAotearoa New ZealandarchitectureAucklandbuilding processbuilding standardsCanterburycompliance • consentability • construction • Department of Building and Housing • designdesign processdwellinghome ownerhousehousing • Housing New Zealand • innovation • Otara • ownershipresidential livingsimple housesolution • starter home • Starter Home Design Competition • Stephen Smith • Wairarapa

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Simon Perkins
13 OCTOBER 2008

Habitat 67

"Habitat 67 is an apartment complex built as part of the housing theme of Montreal’s Expo 67. A design based on the architect’s master’s thesis at McGill University, Moshe Safdie aimed to demonstrate the amalgamation of diversity and variation in residential living, whilst in exploration of built concrete in space. An affordable economic solution to housing with the necessary provisions plus garden, it was expected to set the trend for the modern urban landscape in which an increasing population would call for more architectural creativity. In all irony, however, units in Habitat 67 today are expensive as a result of the very design that pioneered them (owned by tenants in limited partnership, purchasing the development from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in 1985)."

(Complexe de la cité du havre)

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1967affordableaffordable housing • apartment complex • architecturebuilt environmentCanadaconcretecontainer urbanism • Habitat 67 • home ownerhousinglandmarks • man and his world • modularmodular designmodularity in designMontreal • Moshe Safdie • prefabricationresidential livingsimple house

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Simon Perkins
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