Rural Studios' Amazing $20K Homes
I saw this article about ultra low-cost ($20K) houses designed by Rural Studios for the Georgia community of Serenbe and was reminded of how my ultimate fantasy would be to come up with some new form of dwelling. That is, I could be both an artist and an inventor. Here's an excerpt:
The houses also had to look good, despite the tiny budget. The development near Atlanta might at first seem like an unlikely place to build the pilot homes—it's a lush planned community that includes million-dollar houses. The architects partnered with the developer for several reasons, including their ability to keep going through seemingly impossible problems. But they also liked the idea of showcasing the homes in such a desirable area.
"When was the last time you were driving down the street by an affordable housing project and you thought, 'Boy, I really wish I lived in one of those for myself,'" Smith says. "The goal of 20K House is really to design a house that's affordable, that anybody could have—and that anybody would want."
Now that is one way to challenge the status quo as an Architect. 🙂
Samuel Mockbee was an Organic Architect who co-founded Rural Studio in 1993 and led it for years; it has continued onward after both his and DK Ruth’s deaths.