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Create a subsidy for the restoration of abandoned infrastructure to experiment with community living spaces

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Contrived _voice Apr 25, 2022
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A subsidy fund that helps investors buy factories, warehouses, and abandoned offices and then restores them as residential apartments following the principles of community living while providing affordable housing.
Why?
  • Make sustainable housing cheap and available for investors willing to try out new solutions for sustainable living.
  • The scarcity of building materials like sand means that entire riverbeds are dredged to provide it. This affects localized ecosystems. By using existing materials we can save these ecosystems.
  • Community living spaces leave a smaller carbon footprint due to the use of personal mobility solutions instead of cars.
  • The growth of the freelance industry and online businesses means it could be possible to completely eliminate the need to live near towns and the consequent suburban commute.
  • Helping people willing to restore existing architecture makes for greater awareness on the move toward sustainable living.
  • Living in structures designed for community interaction may help people create a sense of connection with each other and maybe make them feel less lonely.
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The government or banks could offer a subsidy to startups that want to develop new models for community based living structures. The idea is that the more people that can afford to start sustainable living models that are aesthetically pleasing to live in, the more people will jump on the bandwagon making it eaven cheaper for more people to buy in.
The urban shelf design proposed by Max Schwitalla makes for an interesting view on what could be. An avarage industrial complex has a floor area of between 25000 to 100000 square feet . By making use of such spaces it could be possible start several sustainable housing models at affordable prices for everyone.
It also opens up doors for more sustainable business ventures, think along the lines of food production, recycling, mobility and plumbing solutions.

[1]https://studioschwitalla.com/

[2]https://www.cisco-eagle.com/vector/516/the-typical-warehouse

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The problem of subsidies - the increasing price of real estates

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J. Nikola
J. Nikola Apr 26, 2022
A few years ago, the government of my country issued a new subsidy for young families to buy, build or renovate homes. It was a part of the state's program to keep the young population in the state. Two years ago, a study that assesses the real estate price change relative to the subsidiaries' implementation was issued. They concluded that the housing loan subsidy acted as a procyclical policy that contributed to the already increasing trend of housing prices .
What I am worried about is the implementation of the subsidiaries into buying the abandoned infrastructure would increase the costs of already expensive real estate with complex legal and ownership burdens. That would make it harder to create an "affordable" living spaces.

[1]https://www.hnb.hr/documents/20182/3596318/w-060.pdf/955d2e9e-76d7-8b3e-3c1a-8a8732ff326e

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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice7 months ago
A textbook example of unintended consequence. Is there a way to make the cost of renovation cheaper without affecting related sectors?
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola7 months ago
Contrived _voice One of the modern solutions is a two-in-one building concept. In the context of community living spaces, it would be nice to combine them with wind or solar power to create both, a residential building and a power plant. That could be a way how to reduce the expenses of the building by earning from it later. The same could be done by creating business centers or shopping malls in the same building with apartments. Maybe something cool can come up from these combinations. Can you think of some?
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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice7 months ago
J. Nikola great idea, I had something in mind. Since warehouses and all those other facilities are usually large, we'd have to segment them to make smaller rooms. The rooms could have a single ventilation system equipped with a wind tower at the top for cooling during the day and a single furnace that served to burn waste fitted with a heat exchange mechanism for heating at night and a carbon capture system to prevent pollution. The hot or cold air could travel around via vents saving on air conditioning. The large cyclical air currents could also be harnessed to provide a little extra power for lighting further bringing down the cost of living.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic7 months ago
Something should be done about the number of abandoned buildings. They are going to waste, and many people can make use of them. If you can't afford to buy one of the spaces, you should be encouraged to use the space.
As an example, an abandoned building in Johannesburg was turned into a thriving flea market. Now, that area is bustling, and many students have made it their weekend activity.
Even if nobody is interested in buying such places, the government should appoint a rental agency to lease and manage it.
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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice7 months ago
Goran Radanovic , I thought so too, Almost every town has either an abandoned factory or warehouse and the general public tries to avoid that area even when building. I think the cost is the major barrier to restoration though because there are so many ideas everywhere on what could be done with the space but not as much actual implementation.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola7 months ago
Goran Radanovic I agree with both of you. The problems are the finances for restorations and the safety. If you don't have the money to buy it, you should at least make it safe enough to be used for other purposes. The problem is that it also costs money.
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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain7 months ago
Goran Radanovic Another usage for such abandoned buildings apart from turning them into vertical farms that I can think of is leasing them out for artistic modifications. Architects and engineers can team up to create these properties into a kind of living museum by modifying them according to the geography and culture of the city they are in.
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