Income inequality is the highest it’s been in nearly a century. Wage declines are making home ownership more and more difficult, leading people to become renters. Housing advocate Yale Fox thinks this is a huge problem, since most renters have little power to change fluctuating market prices or the condition of their rentals. In this talk, Fox introduces Rentlogic, a system that rates apartments and landlords — and helps renters find the best places to live in their area.
This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxNewYork, an independent event.
When architect Antón García-Abril moved to Boston, he quickly discovered that his budget wouldn’t stretch to the sort of airy, modern home he had in his native Madrid. His solution: to ship a prefabricated house from Madrid to Boston. Using video documentation to illustrate his point, García-Abril explains how his home-in-a-box could represent the future of affordable housing.
Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata — all the major cities across India have one great thing in common: they welcome people arriving in search of work. But what lies at the other end of such openness and acceptance? Sadly, a shortage of housing for an estimated 100 million people, many of whom end up living in informal settlements. Gautam Bhan, a human settlement expert and researcher, is boldly reimagining a solution to this problem. He shares a new vision of urban India where everyone has a safe, sturdy home. (In Hindi with English subtitles)
When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit.
This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.
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