This project uses a case study in the city of Buffalo, State of New York, USA, to illustrate how property ownership through saving and incremental building can be a viable approach to ”affordable living”. The project explores how one could take advantage of the rather low property prices in Buffalo to develop a model of affordable owning, wherein the homeowner could use the same amount that they would pay in rent to buy a parcel of land and build incrementally, without the need for a mortgage. Rather than paying for a substandard rental property, the homeowner could have an abode of their own, while avoiding astronomical interest payments. The case study explores how the economy of standard and Pre-fab building systems can be used and contribute to a typology of additive building.
Project by Georg Rafailidis, Stephanie Davidson