Monday, July 20, 2009
(The Mad Housers: hut structure & 1913 Prospect, Oregon by George Elwood)
I have a particular housing edge. Architecture cannot address all of the kinds of social questions—it is not a repair for the lack of education our youth are encountering in the state of California, is not a repair for malnutrition among high school youth in Berkeley and Oakland. Architecture offers the possibility of a housing-first solution, which means as soon as we have procured shelter for ourselves or by others for ourselves, we can begin to address other kinds of questions about a sustainable food source or employment or education as a kind of route to self-sufficiency. Without having home, an expected, secure place to sleep and to keep one’s things, we can’t, I don’t think, look to improve ourselves in this kind of economic condition . . . laissez-faire.