So long, farewell!
The Laboratory of Housing Alternatives is going into an indefinite hibernation but we didn’t want to leave without saying THANK YOU to all who supported and contributed to our initiative.
We had the lofty goal to create innovative housing that was affordable and accessible to young people seeking to establish a life in Vancouver. We had no idea how complex and challenging this would be! While we didn’t reach our aspirational objective we think that our work has made a difference in raising awareness of the struggles that young folks face in our city, much of which has to do with housing affordability.
Why focus on housing for young people? Because the future is not looking so bright for those who are in their 40’s or younger. In a nutshell the income of the younger generation is not keeping up with the market inflations.So before we go here are the top 3 lessons learned at the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives.
- Young people matter.
- People of middle income need help too.
- When people work together great things happen.
About the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives
The Laboratory of Housing Alternatives (LOHA) was established in 2012 by a group of young folks who had the ambition to create a platform that would support the creation and implementation of innovative housing solutions to Vancouver’s hiking real estate prices.
Between 2012 and 2014 LOHA became an active participant and advocate in Vancouver’s housing affordability conversation. We hosted and participated in public conversations to further understand the needs of our immediate community of young people, emerging professionals, artists and creatives.
Through our involvement in these dialogues we found a common thread. Beyond seeking affordable housing, people were hungry for more community oriented places to live, work and gather. We thought this was great news! How awesome it is to live in a city where people actually want to connect with each other!
Looking at affordability through a social connectivity can bring exciting opportunities to reinvent the way we design, build and finance housing. This can lead to a bigger and more substantial change that supports a more collaborative city.
Furthermore, As some of our members branched out to different cities it became apparent this topic is not just a Vancouver issue. We feel the housing conversation that LOHA was centered around is valid throughout the world. It is even evident in the work of Alejandro Arena, recipient of the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
With that said, We would like to extend a big thank you to our advisors, mentors, collaborators and more.
We hope the conversation continues with you, it will with us.
Alicia Medina Laddaga