Self-Assembly Housing for Low-Income Dwellers

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I was thrilled to see a New York Times mention yesterday of the Abod, a low-income housing solution by Des Moines-based architects BSB Design. I wrote about the Abod in residential architect's January 2008 issue and am so happy to see it getting widespread attention.

According to a press release I received last week, BSB has organized a U.S. manufacturing process for the 10-by-12 foot Abod units, which will cost $4,950 each plus shipping. The catenary arch-based homes are good-looking (in my view), can be easily assembled by nonprofessionals, and according to BSB will last for 20 to 30 years. Kudos to the firm and their partners for their stick-to-it-ive-ness on this project.--m.d. 



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