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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Architect Designs 'Tube Homes' To Help Combat Housing Crisis In Hong Kong

According to a report by Business Insider, Hong Kong faces one of the worst housing crises in the world, with many people forced to rent tiny apartments with a variety of descriptive names like micro-flats, nano apartments, coffin apartments, and cage homes. The Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey ranked the Hong Kong the least affordable city for housing in the world for eight consecutive years. Architect James Law told Business Insider, "We are facing a tangible affordability problem in our cities. It is almost beyond the reach of most people to afford to live in a proper home in Hong Kong." Hong Kong architect James Law has designed a low-cost solution to the problem: stackable, retro-fitted water pipe "tube homes" called "O-Pods" that could offer people affordable housing. Law said, "​The big dream of mine is not necessarily me doing it, but a global community of people who share the same values using this as an open source design to share around the world." This video was produced by YT Wochit News using