|a"The world will need approximately one billion new housing units in the next twenty years. Given the strain on resources and land, houses as we know them today will no longer be economically or ecologically viable. But what should take the place of contemporary dwelling structures? What will new housing concepts look like? And what prevents us from building them?"--Page  of cover.
內容簡介top Living Complex 簡介 Cities today have become portfolios of investment properties with token patches of green. The cost to live in a fortress-like luxury housing complex in London or Manhattan is so high that most of us can afford it. As the masses move to the suburbs, the construction industry responds by churning out clusters of the same barracks-style row houses, ensuring that, there too, one can live in utmost privacy and security. But what do these buildings say about us? Do they have anything to do with the way in which most people actually want to live?Niklas Maak provocatively argues that the construction industry and a number of outdated or poorly thought-out policies have prevented us from rethinking how we live in the city. Yet many of our current crisesrom the mortgage crisis to global warmingre closely connected to problematic forms of accommodation in our cities. And the problem will only get worse: Over the next twenty years, influx into the world cities is expected to create the need for an additional one billion units of housing. Fortunately, Maak shows, there are practicable solutions. In Europe, Japan, and the United States, the author explores promising new forms of housing.Cities should be reflections of their inhabitantsot forces to be contended with. Controversial, yet well-researched and wryly funny,Living Complex is a call for change from the omfortable defense lines?that epitomize the current sorry state of housing.