Inexpensive two-story shacks designed for Cape Town slum dwellers
There are tin shacks, and then there’s the Empower Shack.
While the structure is modest by western standards, it boasts some features that most shacks lack: two floors, electricity and a watertight exterior. The design could serve as a prototype for the slums of Cape Town and other cities, the article says.
The architects are exploring other configurations, such as adding a third story, and also working on ways to improve power and sanitation. The Empower Shack project is featured in a Zurich exhibition.
The project is one of many focused on finding cheaper ways to provide low-cost urban housing. Fast Company reports that the YMCA’s Y:Cube prefab homes are an inexpensive option for city life. The tiny units, each just under 300 square feet (28 square meters), can be built quickly in factories and easily stacked together. The YMCA plans to install 36 in southwest London to test the concept.