Million Dollar Condos
I believe that a major social-design issue in our lives today is that most of our housing efforts are focused on very expensive condos and monsterous developements in the suburbs. But where does that leave low-income families? When they don't have anywhere to go homelessness becomes more evident. It has always been very difficult for me to drive down the road and see beggers at many intersections along the way or people sleeping outside of building in the middle of the winter, which we know in Minnesota is not pleasant. I think this issue is something that designers, architects, and engineers alike should take on. If people could work together to work on finding the cheapest way possible to build, with cheap materials and possibly help from the community to put it together. Also with the intention to build a structure that is very easy to maintain would help keep costs down after the intial purchasing of the stucture. Either for apartmant complexes of houses it is importnat that we prioritze low income families and build these structures so that it is cheaper for them to purchase and maintain compared to even recent low income housing. As a community people need to help out those less fortunate than them more than we are right now, and finding a cheap but quality place for them to live should more of a priority than building expensive condos and large suburban complexes. The market is already saturated in them. This social issue of needing a place for low income families to stay without having to worry if they can afford rent next month is an issue that can be helped with design if we really make a priority to change it.