Housing affordability is the result of our current political, social and economic systems and we can only provide affordable housing by detaching from these systems physically and by detaching from the old paradigm thinking based on fear and greed.
Einstein said, “you cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it”.
Government regulations based on control are negative and encourage exploitation instead of positive initiative, vision and cooperation.
Social aspirations based on material possessions and status only separate us from our real needs beyond the physical and our direct connection to those around us.
The economic system based on unsustainable growth and competition only leads to conflict and fear to gain advantage in a speculative real estate market.
When we remove these negative influences and cooperate with each other to create a self-sufficient community the benefits are shaped equally by that community which then makes it affordable.
The concept outlined shows one way to make this affordable community self-sufficient in energy, water, waste, food and zero carbon.
The food, shelter and social needs of this community are all met through the respect, love, caring and energy of all the people supporting each other.
This is one way we can make housing affordable and this example can be replicated at any scale by following the principles outlined.
The 100 acre (40.5 Ha) site area and density of three houses per acre is derived from our existing standard planning and subdivision structure and regulations to show the economies of scale and the benefits of localisation and sharing in our neighbourhood planning.
Many examples of group housing, multiple occupancies and self-contained communities demonstrate that this cooperative system works, is financially viable and sustainable.
The same principles can be applied to any site to make it affordable and there are even examples of individual sustainable houses that collect and recycle their own water, treat their own waste and generate their own electricity. One such house is a terrace house owned by Michael Mobbs in Chippendale, Sydney on a 250 m² site.
Economies of scale make group housing more financially viable and affordable.
The design of small houses, pods, cabins and shelters is now recognised as a positive way to provide basic accommodation that we can afford and the efficiencies of modular design and prefabrication are well established.
Modular designs allow additions or subtractions to cater for changing family needs and offers social flexibility and adaptability which is sustainable in our ever-changing cycle of life.
The small house modular plans outlined show an efficient way of planning, design and construction to maximise site flexibility in the integration of open space and outdoor living areas with the internal accommodation.
There are many efficient plans and manufacturers available in the open market today that can be used but the essential ingredients are flexibility of planning and the direct integration of the building with its natural environment and the importance of being in nature which is essential to our wellbeing.
THE NEW PARADIGM
The old paradigm of government control and corporate greed essentially prohibits affordable housing.
Only through love, respect and cooperation with each other and nature can we create a new way of sharing our resources and what Mother Nature has provided for us.
This new way is a sustainable paradigm and essential to the survival of Mother Earth and our future generations.
This is the new way, this is the proper way. We have a choice.
John Sparks, 2018