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Roland Graf on Micro-Housing for BBC News Brazil

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Stamps Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Roland Graf was recently fea­tured in a BBC News Brazil arti­cle by Alessan­dra Cor­rêa on the micro-hous­ing movement.

Sev­eral home­less camps have evolved into micro-cas­caded com­mu­ni­ties, not nec­es­sar­ily because res­i­dents pre­fer micro-cas­cades, but because in many cities this type of com­mu­nity is more accepted and tol­er­ated (than encamp­ments),” Roland Graf, a pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan School of Art and Design.

Some crit­ics ques­tion whether micro­casas can really be a last­ing solu­tion to the hous­ing cri­sis and not just serve as tem­po­rary housing.
Among the lim­i­ta­tions is the fact that the res­i­dents are usu­ally young sin­gle or cou­ples with­out chil­dren, and it is doubt­ful if this model is fea­si­ble for larger families.
For Graf, there are basi­cally three types of users: the home­less, the peo­ple who want to save money, and the money-hun­gry hip­sters who sim­ply want to demon­strate their design and archi­tec­tural skills by build­ing micro­cases in remote areas.”

Graf points out that it is part of Amer­i­can cul­ture to live in huge houses, and it can be dif­fi­cult to con­vince a mid­dle-class fam­ily to live on 65 square meters.
I think it’s a good idea to reduce the size of homes, not only to make them more afford­able, but also to reduce their envi­ron­men­tal impact,” he says.

Can the micro-hous­ing move­ment help solve the US hous­ing cri­sis? | BBC News Brazil