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Prototype Housing for Modest Means: Reverse Engineering the Rent

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2011 RADA
On The Boards / Merit

Edward M. Baum, FAIA, counts as neighbors many working class families who pay around $1,000 a month in rent but are still priced out of the housing market. “I got to thinking,” he says, “What could we do for that much money?” Working backward from the rental figure, Baum developed a scalable scheme of four-unit structures that offer comfort, durability, security, and the prospect of home ownership. Our judges praised not only the social mission of the proposal, but also the simplicity of the buildings and the “quilt-like effect” of the site plan.
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