Maggie Krantz / Week 5 / Post 4
In this day and age, finding affordable student housing in large cities is nearly impossible. In Europe, there is a desperate need because of the projected 4 million housing deficit for students by 2025, but how can local governments and builders solve this problem when most universities are located in already developed urban areas? Because of traffic congestion and high property prices, finding places to build more housing for low cost has become increasingly problematic. Some firms are looking towards using unconventional areas, like waterways, to meet the demands of the people without compromising on cost. This can solve the student housing crisis as well as become a new look at potential housing communities.
One cutting-edge firm called Urban Rigger, an offshoot of BIG, has come up with a solution to this problem through their creation of floating housing made out of solar-powered, upcycled shipping containers in canals, harbors, and waterways. This carbon neutral housing experiment located in Copenhagen, Denmark utilizes the abundant waterways to offer low cost, low impact housing in a highly urbanized and developed area. Unlike floating houses of today, this project creates a floating community geared towards the often overlooked demographic of students. Setting rent at just $600 a month, these affordable and sustainable units are a very real answer to the housing crisis most European universities face and can serve another use as housing for the refugees now flooding Europe.