published on | 24 Nov 2017
The issue of homelessness is growing in big cities like New York, where affordable housing and land to build it on is increasingly scarce, while the number of homeless people has grown to its highest level since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
But what if the city’s under-utilized buildings could be used to house the homeless? More specifically, the exterior walls, which could play host to small, modular structures — each one a potential home. That’s the idea behind Homed, a proposal by Oslo and NYC-based design firm Framlab, which involves hexagonal-shaped, single-person units being attached onto empty walls on buildings — which the firm calls “vertical lots”. These small homes, plugged into existing empty vertical spaces, would be an alternative to overcrowded, transitional shelters, which often cannot provide that “fixed address” that homeless people need to break that cycle of homelessness.
Read more here at treehugger.