“Sinner man, where you gonna run to? All on that day.”
~ Nina Simone
There are a great many ways to have shelter from weather and privacy from other people. There are natural shelters of all kinds, such as caves, overhangs, spaces that may be excavated from the ground, living directly on the ground or in tents, and living in elevated places such as tree houses. Essentially every imaginable material has been used for making shelter of one kind or another, and buildings have been known to last a few hours, a few days, a few years, or several centuries.
We anticipate building hotels, organising campgrounds, and have even contemplated a theme park built around the tents described in Exodus. There is no end to the possibilities of shelter.
Our foundation has engaged one architect, and expect to engage others, in developing generalized shelter plans – certainly, with an eye on the “tiny house” movement.
We also see multi-family housing as a potential means of: a) conserving space, b) creating affordable lease structures for “singles” and very small families, c) to improve the efficiency of energy used in the community. We are not against lease holders renting space and we simply could not forbid it, we simply ask that our fellow travelers respect liberty, dignity, as well. Our goal is not to develop property for landlords, but rather to enable people to live freely, with dignity.
So, in considering multi-family housing, you must always consider these issues:
- Are you willing to rent to anyone unwilling to adhere to the zero-aggression-principle? We would think the answer would be NO, and that any rental contract would have this included.
- Are you building the housing in such a way that YOU TOO would be willing to live there? – weird question? – not really. As a matter of principle, we should treat others as we would want to be treated, ergo: if you’re going to create a small apartment complex, condo, or duplex, build it AS IF you were building it for someone you care about, yourself or a family member. Don’t build slums!
- Is your building design a good “fit” for your property, or is it a cookie cutter plan that belongs embedded within the standard commerce (not resilient) world of today. There has been a lot of design and building work, in the area of low-impact multi-family housing, and this should be researched. We would contend, if done right, this can be one of the most efficient uses of limited space – if done wrong?- it is worse than an eyesore, it is an obstruction.
As stated above – humans have experimented with many materials and conditions for building shelters. It is critical, when developing “shelter designs”, what you consider, once again, the locality – specifically, “what kinds of local materials are feasible?”. Some regions have a lot of sand, rock, but not a lot of trees (like deserts) and in these places various kinds of stone, clay, mud, rock construction is more appropriate.
A number of regions have ample access to timber, and this might be the better material.
Another valid choice for materials is to focus on high-tech, next generation, technologies and materials. Whether you’ve seen the 3D printed home or not, you would likely be aware that this tech exists. There are modern materials, designed to last hundreds, if not thousands, of years. A great option, for building, is to develop high-tech strategies, based on locally available raw materials, and high-tech materials that are resistant to corrosion, weathering, etc.
Finally – there are a great many companies, that exist today, which manufacture small profile, tiny homes – homes that can be shipped and easily deployed to a small patch of foundation/laid-concrete.
Warning: when looking into these pre-built “tiny” homes, you need to be careful that you’re not buying some plastic monstrosity that will slowly, but invariably, melt over time. When working on the problem of shelter, it is worthwhile to be thrifty, but never to be cheap.