“Little Boxes, Little Boxes…”

Owen Hatherley frets over housing space:

How much space should we be expected to live in? Some institutions – the Homes and Communities Agency, the Greater London authority – have talked about resurrecting minimum space standards, which, like rent control, is entirely normal in the rest of Europe.

What has been lost in all of this is the idea that space is a right, a good in and of itself.

Meanwhile, across the pond in the People’s Republic Of Kalifornia, you’ll live in a rabbit hutch and you will like it, damnit!

For Gaia!

H/T: Protein Wisdom

7 comments for ““Little Boxes, Little Boxes…”

  1. ivan
    January 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Isn’t someone at the guardian always fretting over something for no real reason?

    You don’t hear the students at Keetwonen http://www.tempohousing.com/projects/keetwonen.html complaining and I doubt the once homeless in Brighton http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2521879/Shipping-containers-open-temporary-accommodation-homeless-Brighton.html are complaining either.

    I assume Owen Hatherley is consumed with envy because someone has a bigger house than him.

  2. January 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    For once the Guardian is onto a sensible prospect – this is Great Britain, not some banana republic, and people have the right to a modicum of space.

    • ivan
      January 25, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Doesn’t the amount of space all depend on what people want and what they are prepared to accept. If they build houses with rooms too small people are far less likely to buy them.

      • January 26, 2014 at 6:36 am

        I think that depends on where they build them..!

    • Errol
      January 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Trouble there is, we don’t have the space considering our population. The Guardian is being hypocritical in the sense that it supports mass immigration. It is also desperately trying to shove one to Conservatives in that we generally live in and like the countryside.

      What they’re really doing is demanding that those things Conservatives like be destroyed and ensuring immigration (which destroys jobs and again, is something conservatives don’t like) while pretending this is a matter about space and living standards.

      It’s putrid hypocrisy, arrogance and mockery of decency. It’s the Guardian just being scum and refusing to address the real issues their ideology has caused.

      • January 26, 2014 at 6:45 am

        I find that’s the subtext of so many of their articles. And they think no-one can see through them.

  3. January 26, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Gaia, Gaia, let us fall down and worship.

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