05 Oct '11, 11am

MIT challenges architects to design a house that costs $1,000. Could they do it?

MIT challenges architects to design a house that costs $1,000. Could they do it?

The winning design. Photo: Ying chee Chui Lots of things cost $1,000 -- a sweet new bike or a svelte 11" MacBook Air, for instance. But a house? Even that brilliant 16-year-old punk who built a tiny house in his parents' backyard had to shell out $12,000 for his shack. I must be kidding, right? Well, sort of. Two years ago, MIT architecture professors launched the 1K House Project , a design competition challenging students to come up with a home that could be built for $1,000. 14 designs emerged from the studio, and Ying chee Chui's Pinwheel House came out on top. A prototype of Chui's house was recently completed in Mianyang in the Sichuan Province of China. The bill rang up to quite a bit more than $1,000: It cost $5,925 in total. But the project suggests that with a little investment, we can make well-designed, structurally sound homes available to even the poorest of ...

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